This exquisite and very rare Victorian cross is made of cut steel.
I have recently become fascinated by cut steel - an old jewellery process which dates back to at least the sixteenth century and became the height of fashion in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It was designed to imitate the glitter of diamonds .
The cross measures 2 and 5/8” (6.7cms) long, including the bail, by 1 and 5/8” (4cms). It weighs 11.9 grams.
The cross is elegantly shaped and is crafted with a combination of elongated and smoothly faceted elements and small, glittering cut steels.
At the top is a bail with a larger steel in the centre and a surround of small steels.
The back is silver coloured metal which once had a gilt finish. (it looks golder in my photo than in reality).
This evocative Victorian has only the slightest signs of age. It has wonderful glitter and plenty of impact.
It will arrive carefully presented in a gift box.