These incredibly chic Georgian drop earrings twinkle with dozens of cut steel beads. Cutting steel was arduous process that involved taking small hunks of the industrial metal, faceting them just like a lapidary would a gemstone, and then riveting them one-by-one to a base component. So much work! The practice was first used for adorning shoe buckles in the late 18th century and was adopted by the jewelry trade around the turn of the 19th century. The steel "stones" create a diamond-like glitter that was (still is!) particularly effective in low lighting.
Very good - a few spots of oxidation
2 5/8" length measured from the top of the ear wire, 5/8" at the widest point
1714 — 1837
please note:Terms of Sale
Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.