Victorian Cut Steel French Buckle

This detailed and well preserved example of cut steel jewellery dates from the 1800s.  

Condition Report:

Very Good - A tiny amount of rubbing and rusting around the edge of a couple of the cut steel stones. This is only visible upon close inspection, is consistent with age and does not detract from the overall appeal of the piece. 

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The Details...

This buckle is created from round, multi-faceted cut steel stones. They form a floral inspired design resembling two large flowers and a smaller one. On the reverse, it is stamped twice with 'MADE IN FRANCE'. The buckle measures 9.5cm x 4 cm. This buckle will be provided with an 80cm length of black velvet ribbon, so that it can be worn as a choker. 

A Short History...

From the late 1700s through to the mid 1800s, cut steel was a highly popular material in jewellery manufacture. It sparkled like diamonds, but was less expensive. However, it catered for a middle class of jewel enthusiast being more costly than paste. It was a particularly coveted material in French society, when Napoleon's second Empress, Marie-Louise commissioning sets made out of cut steel and she made it very fashionable indeed. 

Wear it With...

This buckle could be worn as a choker with a white silk shirt for a Victorian gothic inspired look. Pair with a velvet blazer for a chic evening wear statement. 

  • Colour Silver
  • Occasion Cocktail and Evening, The Festive Season, Wedding Guest