Georgian cut steel polished bracelet dating from the first part of the 19th century. Bracelet with eight rows of steel beads of round and oblong shape. The pearls are faceted making the light shimmers. The clasp is in the form of a stylized bouquet of flowers, decorated with faceted and riveted steel studs. Antique bracelet from the early 19th century, circa 1830.
Total length: 17,7 cm
Clasp size: 3 cm x 3 cm
Note: good general condition, trace of oxidation
Weight : 19,83 gr
Historical point : in the 18th century, the most famous cut steel jewelry workshop was located in Woodstock, near Oxford in England. The fashion for cut steel jewelry continued until the end of the 19th century in England and until the beginning of the 20th century in France. The advantage of steel is that when cut into facets it can sparkle in the same way as pyrite and imitate the brilliance of a diamond.
Originally accessible to a middle-class clientele, cut steel jewelry became the prerogative of the nobility as soon as it was decorated, thus becoming more and more sought after and expensive.