Delicate and intricate, these mid-Victorian cut steel dangle earrings were made to mimic the sparkle of diamonds, especially in candlelight. Their facets reflect light and glitter on the wearer’s ears as they dangle.
I believe these are British in origin and date to Mid- Victorian times, c. 1850s. They could be Georgian, but I am not an expert, so to be safe will stick with the Victorian designation.
The process of hand cutting and polishing each steel bead, then riveting it onto a back piece was extremely laborious and time-consuming. The earrings are hung from silver wires. Care should be taken to keep them dry, as cut steel jewelry is susceptible to rust.
These earrings have a beautiful design. The top motif is a circular flower with three dangles, each of which has two smaller clusters from which a straight piece with 4 faceted beads dangle. Just lovely, an antique jewelry piece that is to be treasured.
Condition: Very Good. See no damage. Still catches the light and gives off some sparkle.
Size: 1.75 inches long by 5/8 inches wide (4.445 long by 1.587 cm.)
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