English Silver Brooches with Cutsteel Markasites

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a beautiful English Silver brooches 925 approved

the diamond formations brooch has a Cutsteel element of Marksiet in the middle,


It has been suggested that polished steel jewelry dates from the 16th century.

This is based on a single reference from 1598 and it is far from clear whether steel is at all.

Less ambiguous evidence shows that around 1720 cut steel was manufactured in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

Exactly what was produced is poorly documented, but by 1761 it contained worn items such as buckles and watch chains as well as scissors.

Exactly when purely decorative objects first appeared is also unclear, but "Stars for the nobility" are confirmed from 1778.

Production in Birmingham became common later in the century, with Matthew Boulton being a prominent producer.

One of the most important production items of 18th-century carved steel was the shoe buckle and it is possible that the decline in fashion for wearing buckles towards the end of the century caused the diversification of carved steel jewelry.

A Cut steel hairpin
France served as an important export market, but it was interrupted when the war broke out in 1793.

The popularity of cut steel in France may have been partly due to Sumptuary laws that limited who could wear precious metals and diamonds.

The production of cut steel in France is confirmed from 1780 and by the beginning of the 1820s, France had a large amount of domestic production of cut steel.

With the end of the Napoleonic wars, British producers started exporting again to France.

The fashion for carved steel jewelry in France was probably given a boost when Napoleon married his second wife Marie Louise and presented her with a Parure consisting of carved steel jewelry, because he could not afford a gem.

The quality and use of polished steel jewelry declined in the second half of the 19th century with stamped strips replacing individual rivets and pieces that became increasingly thin, the final production ended in the 1930s.

In the long term, steel jewelery has proved to be brittle, leaving relatively small quantities to this day.

the quality of the brooches is very good,

the size of the Brooches

5.5 cm

the width of the brooches

3 cm

weight of the brooches 9.3 grams

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