Georgian Cut Steel Buckle & Silver Necklace.
This fabulous Georgian Cut Steel shoe buckle has been transformed into a beautiful necklace.
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.
This buckles original partner can be seen here with the addition of a freshwater pearl 'eye'
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 Georgian men and women.
All Badger's Velvet jewellery is unique made using vintage pieces sourced acround the world then remodelled by our Oxford goldsmith or London silversmith creating beautiful contemporary pieces.