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Perfect Cut Steel Earrings c.1830

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 Perfect Cut Steel Earrings c.1830
How fortunate we feel to offer these cut steel earrings of exciting design and movement and in clean and excellent condition. Almost 200 years since they were created from bits of steel, with patience, concentration and fortitude. They have in all those years no loss of luster rather they are sparkly and pristine. Central to the upper and middle sections of each earring are flowers with petals that radiate. Densly faceted bits surround the petals in minute to small sizes. Only the finest cut steel jewelry had numerous facets and bits of varying size. Three mobile drops flicker at the bottom. Work intensive to a point unknown today, each steel bit is snipped, faceted and polished by hand to resemble a diamond. To put the earrings in context, remember that candlelight was the means of illumination. The steel is faceted and precisely placed at angles to catch the maximum light. A diamond like flicker resulted. Just look at the size of each piece and imagine working on these tidbits individually . A steel plate in the desired form is cut (see back of earring) and small irregular holes are punched in that plate. The tidbits of steel are then riveted into these holes. Cut steel jewelry was always costly, as the workmanship and time required to produce it was known and appreciated. Measurements are 2 1/2 in long, 1 1/4 in wide.


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