Vintage Victorian Cut Steel Leaf Brooch
This vintage Victorian 1900s cut steel leaf brooch is extremely detailed from the veins in the leaves to the hand cut faceted steel studs. This “ go with everything” necklace is in excellent condition!
Info on cut steel;
From the 1800s to the early 1900s cut steel was a highly popular material in jewelry manufacture. It sparkled like diamonds, but was less expensive. It catered for a middle class of jewel enthusiast being more costly than paste. Cut steel was a particularly coveted material in French society. When Napoleon's second Empress, Marie-Louise, commissioned sets made out of cut steel, she made it very fashionable. It is highly collectible today!