Located in the historic Pike Place Market, Isadora’s has specialized in exquisite antique jewelry for 38 years. Our discriminating collection includes pieces from the early 1800’s through the 1950’s, without a reproduction to be found. Our precious pieces are sent to North American Gem Lab for independent appraisals. We invite you to call our toll free number for applicable discounts. On many of our pieces, we are able to offer between 10-25% off of appraisal value.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Magic of Cut Steel

When I think steel I tend to think industry but the Georgians and Victorian saw so much more. 

During the 1700’s France went to war and King Louis asked his subjects to donate their jewelry to the cause.  Many donated their jewelry and many hid their jewelry but the result was they needed an alternative to diamonds to take a turn on the town.  And so in 1759 cut steel became widely popular. 

Made of tiny faceted steel beads riveted into steel plates, cut steel jewelry is as beautiful today as it was in the 1700’s.

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Cut steel has a subtle glitter all its own and the French, and later the British, created beautiful earrings, necklaces, bracelets and buttons with their fantastic new art. 

Popular through the 19th century, cut steel was truly lovely and it is rare and wonderful to find original pieces today.

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