These dramatic antique tassel earrings feature hundreds of tiny faceted cut-steel beads. Each earring has 24 tassels of twisted cut-steel beads that dangle and provide movement so they catch the light.
The tassels hang from a larger cut-steel many faceted sphere, and the cut-steel studs on the ear wire have ~ 15 facets each
I noticed this gorgeous style has recently been the inspiration for new tassel earrings of faceted glass beads by Oscar de la Renta, but these are the real thing: cut steel beads from the mid-Victorian era.
What a phenomenal accessory.
Cut steel jewelry dates back to at least the sixteenth century and became the height of fashion in the eighteenth (Georgian) and nineteenth centuries (Victorian). The polished silvery-gray jewelry was made to imitate the glitter of diamonds and sparkle in candlelight.
Condition: Very Good, no rust, no repairs, twisted tassel strands are strung on thread, not wire.
Size: 2.25 inches long by ~ 1.5 inches wide Weight: grams
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