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A Pair of Early Cut Steel Bracelets

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A Pair of Early Cut Steel Bracelets

Hundreds of tiny bits of cut steel twinkle like diamonds in this pair of Georgian bracelets. They light the night and the spirit. The pair can be connected to wear as a choker. Each small piece of steel was hand faceted and polished as were gem stones in the early 19th century. It thrills us each time we find a fine example of this jewelry. It is absolutely brilliant in sparkle and craftmanship and one of our favorite examples of the fine work done for a short time in the early 19th century. The fashion for cut steel jewelry actually began with the large shoe buckles that men wore in the 1700's. It took a skilled hand to take the time to cut steel bits of varying size and to individually secure them with rivets. The jeweler is an alchemist, turning metal of little value into jewels highly regarded and of substantial value. The creation of cut steel jewelry follows a plan.The jeweler would first fashion his design in base metal. His mind's eye imagines the finished jewel. He then makes hundreds of steel brads and lays them into a pattern. The pattern is repeated as he drills mini holes in the metal base plate. Once done, each polished "gem" is set in one of the tiny holes and riveted in place. Fabulous condition. c. 1820-30. Measurements. 1 in. high. One bracelet 7 in. long. The other 6 1/2 in. long.

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