Cut steel jewelry came into fashion in the Georgian era and was made and popularly worn through the end of the 19th century. Cast steel beads were faceted by hand in the early stages of the style and machined in the later. Once cut, the sparkly studs were then riveted in clusters to produce high-wattage, glittery jewelry.Be steel my heart.
These golden bands carry words of love, devotion, friendship, and loyalty. They were worn by both men and women from the Middle Ages through the 17th Century. It was believed that the significance of the engraved messages was amplified by wearing them against the skin.Inscribed bands of gold this way>>
At the dawn of WW1, Austro-Hungary desperately needed funding to participate in the war, and they saw an opportunity in the empire's wealthy citizens. They encouraged people to donate their gold and silver jewelry to the cause. In exchange, donors received a ring like this one, made in iron, often with a patriotic slogan proving they'd done their duty. This particular inscription boasts "Gold gab ich für Eisen 1914 O.S.K" or "I gave gold for iron 1914". (Some people just kept their best jewels hidden under floorboards until the end of the war.)Go For The Gold