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VictorianCut Steel and Mother of PearlBracelet

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. This early Victorian piece features a lovely mother of pearl slab affixed with a cut steel rendering of a flower and framed with almond shaped cut steel components. Each link of the bracelet features a large steel "rose cut". Steel is inclined to oxidization, so make sure to remove this bracelet when showering, swimming, etc.


  • Materials

    Cut steel, mother of pearl.

  • Age

    c. 1840

  • Condition

    Very good.

  • Size

    7" length, 1 1/8 x 1" centerpiece.

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