These stunning Georgian cut steel earrings are of superb quality and are real statement pieces. They are 3 ¼ inches long and 1 ¾ inches wide. They weigh 19 grams and 20 grams respectively. The hooks are silver (tested). These earrings were designed to be worn at night, to sparkle under candlelight, but are just as eye-catching under any light.
In the 18th century, cut steel was used to imitate diamonds. The steel used was facetted and then polished to achieve a high metallic gleam. It was riveted onto a perforated steel or brass plate, usually in a pave setting. It was a time-consuming business. The English town of Woodstock became a center of the industry. Cut steel jewelry could be very expensive. The French were an important market for cut steel jewelry and, in 1760, Marie Antoinette’s jeweler, Monsieur Granchez, opened a shop to sell it, amongst other high-priced items.
Shoe buckles, scissors, and similar items were first made but as its popularity grew, chatelaines, chains, bracelets, earrings, and brooches were also made. Napoleon commissioned a cut steel parure for his new Empress Marie-Louise and her retinue and Catherine the Great owned a magnificent cut steel parure. There was a downturn in cut steel production in the UK as a result of the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century. The industry declined in the 19th century.
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Magnificent large Georgian cut steel earrings
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