Georgian Cut Steel & Cabochon Red Glass Drop Earrings

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Georgian Cut Steel & Cabochon Red Glass Drop Earrings

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A good pair of cut steel drop earrings that were made circa 1800. These earrings were the costume jewellery of the day. They would have glittered in the candlelit dining rooms like rose diamonds, their richer cousins. The red glass imitated cabochon garnets. Cut steel was not an easy product to manufacture, the studs had to be faceted, polished and riveted in place. Early studs were often produced with as many as fifteen facets making them particularly bright and sparkling. Mathew Boulton was the most famous steel worker, first in London and then in Birmingham in the 1790s.

Written by Olly Gerrish
MeasurementsHeight 5 cm
Diameter of centre 15 mm
ConditionVery Good
Date & OriginGeorgian (1714-1830), English
ProvenanceEnglish