Georgian Cut Steel Square Eye Buckle and Pearl Silver Necklace.
A beauty of a Georgian cut steel shoe buckle has been transformed into a 3rd eye necklace with the addition of a freshwater flat pearl hanging at its centre. The buckle measures approx 1.5" x 1" (4cm x 2.5cm) and has a beautiful This hangs from a lightly oxidised 18" (46cm) silver belcher chain.
The refracted surface of cut steel was known as poor man's diamonds.
Production of Cut Steel is thought to have begun in the 16thC. From 1750 decorative pieces began to appear as "Stars for the nobility" with 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 repurposed by one of our two jewellers to creating beautiful contemporary pieces.