Antique Victorian Cut Steel Posy Earrings 14k & Gilt $1nr For SaleWe'd like to thank all of the folks who've been so generous with their compliments and positive response.Wework hard to be worthy of our 100%rating and always try to provide 5 star service. We apologize that the latest US post office increase has forced us to charge a small shipping fee of $3.95. This will help us offset the Priority shipping and insurance which now costs, on average, $8.00. We regret the change but think that the security of lightening fast shipping, insurance and delivery confirmation are well worth the cost.This sale is for a charming pair oflate Victorian cut steel earrings.A glittering ring of cut steels encircle a center panel colorful with a soft greenish blue tint framing a single flower posy with a twinkling cut steel heart. Look close and you can see hand engraved accents which cut through this soft verdant tint adding a pin wheel shine of gold. As to the cut steels, it's a shame that they ever stopped using them; they offer a such a wonderful sparkle to these earrings. "Cut steel" jewelry had it's first hurrah in the 1780's when an enterprising English fellow discovered that if you formed steel into gem shapes and highly polished them, they had a twinkle that rivaled the best of diamonds. He, and others of the time, made whole suites of jewelry, buckles and most popularly, buttons.
Our earrings started life as clothing buttons made circa 1880....yup, antique buttons! These must have created a beautiful twinkle that drew every gaze. Ladies of the 1860's and '70's wore gowns with cloth covered, simple buttons and less decoration but by the 1880's, dresses used much fancier fabrics and decorative trims. We've pictured several late Victorian era gals wearing their cut steel buttons on gowns that are probably very similar to the one that our buttons once decorated.
So, the earring "face" is made in gilded brass with facet steel studs and the vintage style ear wires are new, solid 14k white gold. We chose white gold to match the shine of the cut steels. The earrings measure a respectable 15.1mm in diameter and hang a full inch long in the ear. They weigh3.7 total grams ora very light and comfortable 1.85 grams each. For reference, a single USdime measures a slightly larger 17.9mm in diameter BUT weighs a slightly heavier2.3 grams. The earrings and the tints are in very good condition...please note that there are some losses to the tint near the ring of cut steels. This is visible in the photos but all but invisible when being worn.
Too often, when a precious, admired piece was no longer useful or in style, it was put away and later forgotten. That's a shame! We are professional jewelers with an eye tuned to see beauty...and we see it everywhere: even in ornaments as humble as cufflinks and antique clothes buttons. Long time ers know us from these upcycled button and cufflink earrings we list and sell. Over the last seven years we have successfully made and sale so many, many pairs of fabulous earrings. Every pair are signed with a tiny "A" in a diamond; for Ace_of_Diamond. Were very proud to stand behind our work and the "Ace of Diamond" trademark is the proof and your guarantee.
After opening the old thread loop to act as "catcher" we attached the solid gold ear wires using our laser welder. The welder literally uses a laser beam to perfectly fuse the metals together; no sloppy solders or ruinous torch flame. We always use solid 14k so you have "good" gold for your ears...we don't want less, why would you? Some gals have been nervous about wearing the shepherd hook wires but are always relieved the find that the catchers make them very secure. No more fumbling with (and losing!) little ear nuts...that and the wires give the earrings a saucy, eye catching swing.
We can't help wonder what type of dress these buttons decorated...did they stroll the boardwalk under a fancy parasol and a feathered hat? Even the finest dress would soil and fade and it's fabric would but cut up for crazy quilts or children's clothes; but buttons and the fancy extraswould be saved. While they may have fallen out of fashion, they were still akeepsake of the day you got engaged or the day you married. For this we are so very grateful because these genuine Victorian buttons make glorious earrings. If these are your earrings, don't hesitate to offer strong, we only have theone pair.For our international buyers:We get such a thrill knowing that we have successfully shipped to England, France, Holland, Italy, Germany, Japan, Russia and China...even to American Somoa and Tuktoyatuk, Canada which is ABOVE the Arctic Circle! If you are interested in our sales, please feel free to ask for a shipping quote. We ship as inexpensivelyas yourcountry's import rules allow...IF they allow! Some countries have very restrictive or even prohibitive shipping rules.
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