Matching Georgian Cut Steel Earrings & Brooch
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A magnificent matching floral shaped Georgian Cut Steel brooch and earrings. Entirely made by hand, with each teeny, tiny section shaped and faceted with immense skill and attention to detail and then applied to the shaped backing, the height of fashion in the mid 18th century, English Cut Steel was famous for it's beauty.
This set makes a fabulous centrepiece (and talking point) to any outfit and is splendrously sparkly in a gorgeous antique greyed way.
A craft originating in the steelworks of Woodstock in Oxfordshire, 'ornamental steelwork' is first seen in the late 17th century and by the 1720's there are records of businesses specialising in this kind of work. Of superb quality and workmanship; entirely and laboriously hand made, this piece would probably have taken at least a couple of weeks work to hand pierce all of the shapes (see the reverse), file all of the rivets to shape and then attach them. Quite astonishing!
The wonder of this piece is that the back is as interesting as the front, as one can see the painstaking construction (and repair) of this incredible piece so clearly. Worn for over 250 years; the earrings now have new shop made Silver wires to replace the screw fittings which themselves were probably added some time in the early 20th century...
The brooch measures just over an inch across and the earrings hang just over an inch.
Most of our rings can be adjusted to fit for free, this can be done on purchase by making a note in the order form if you know the size, or at a later date if it is a gift. You can download our handy ring sizing guide here, but don't hesitate to contact us if you need further help with this. If visiting us size adjustments can usually be done in around an hour-ish.
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