Billie French Steel Cut Earrings
These earrings bring all the old-world glitz and glamour to the table: with French-Cut Steel details adding the right sparkly flair, these earrings are the perfect unexpected accessory for any occasion!
These earrings measure 2” from the top of the earring hook to the bottom of the design.
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’. Because of the French's infatuation and love for these steel-cut accessories, demand for these baubles accelerated greatly with English manufacturers in Woodstock and Birmingham - some of the main jewelry hubs not only in the country, but the world.
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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