Georgian Cut Steel Buckle & Silver pearl eye Necklace.
This lovely Oval Georgian Cut Steel buckle has been transformed into a beautiful necklace. A freshwater pearl hangs on a silver wire at the centre of the buckle reminiscent of an eye. (A recurring theme running through Badger's Velvet jewellery.)
The large buckle, measuring approx 6cm x 4cm, now hangs from a lightly oxidised silver belcher chain. The refracted surface of cut steel lead to it sometimes being called poor man's diamonds.
Production of Cut Steel is thought to have begun in the 16th C. 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 Georgian men and women.
All Badger's Velvet jewellery is unique made using vintage pieces sourced around the world then remodelled by our Oxford goldsmith or London silversmith creating beautiful contemporary pieces.