Hazel Starburst Earrings
These two earrings are not only a timeless piece of history, but classic design that deserves to be in every jewelry box! This matching pair of cut-steel earrings are the perfect wink of old-world bling that still brings a classic flair in modern times. These earrings were sourced in England.
These earrings measure .75" in diameter.
Cut-steel jewelry was designed and “set” with tiny faceted and polished steel studs - fashioned to resemble gemstones. These small metal pieces were typically riveted in place and was originally meant to imitate gems like marcasite. This jewelry was typically fashioned in earrings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets, and even shoe and dress buckles. Unlike the paste gemstones of the 1700s, or cut crystal gems, cut-steel jewelry's most unique attribute lies in the fact that the setting and gemstone substitutes comprised of the same material.
Cut-steel jewelry was produced as far back as the Elizabethan period in England but rose in demand - especially in France circa 1759, when cut-steel jewelry was worn as a substitute for donated (or hidden) jewelry when French King Louis XV ‘requested’ that citizens donate their precious gems and jewelry to help fund his military campaigns during the ‘Seven Years War’. The French spurred the English manufacturers in Woodstock and Birmingham with their overwhelming demand for the accessories due to this demand.
All of our modern heirlooms are designed with elements mostly from the late 1800s - 1920s and the highest quality solid gold and gold-filled components. To learn more about different types of gold and composition, check out our Gold Jewelry Guide.
We make, design, and restore each piece of jewelry with the hope you will love and enjoy your modern heirlooms for many years to come. Check out our Jewelry Care Guide for tips on how to care for your pieces so they last a lifetime.
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