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Victorian Cut Steel Swallow Brooch


The early manufacture of cut-steel jewelry was painstaking work: each individual stud was faceted by hand and then riveted to a base plate made of silver or brass. The brilliant "gems" were intended for evening wear, as their adamantine luster was considered to be the most spectacular under candlelight. These jewels were in great demand for the last half of the eighteenth century and nearly all the way through the nineteenth. At the height of the fashion, a fine piece of cut-steel jewelry could command a higher price than gold. This lovely early Victorian brooch is fashioned in the shape of a swallow with rose cut steel studs affixed to a steel base.


  • Materials

    cut steel on steel base plate

  • Age

    c. 1850

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    3/4" x 2"