Georgian Cut Steel Buckle Pearl & Silver Necklace
This fabulous Georgian Cut Steel shoe buckle has been transformed into a beautiful necklace with the addition of a freshwater pearl at its centre.
The large buckle, measuring approx 6cm x 4cm, now hangs from a silver belcher chain. The refracted surface of cut steel lead to it sometimes being called poor man's diamonds.
Production of cut steel began in the 16thC. From 1750 decorative pieces began to appear, as 'Stars for the nobility' jewellery and hair adornments among the designs and often combined with precious jewels. In the late 18thC a Birmingham manufacturer began major production creating cut steel shoe buckles to adorn the shoes of the nobility.
All Badger's Velvet jewellery is unique made using vintage pieces sourced around the world.