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Georgian Berlin Iron + Cut Steel Necklace and Earring Set

$ 6,995
  • Description
    An exceptional Berlin iron and cut steel necklace and earring set from the Georgian (ca1804) era! Crafted in fine Berlin ironwork with delicate cut steel studs and mirrored steel plaques throughout, this well-preserved ensemble is an incredible work of art. The ornate necklace adorns various sized iron-backed links topped with mirrored steel plaques, each one connected together by intricate, lacy Berlin ironwork. The largest link rests at the center, and features an oval-shaped mirrored steel plaque on the front that is adorns a raised iron cameo on the surface. The incredibly detailed image features a lovely winged cherub that is kneeling down and embracing a rooster that appears to bow his head into the embrace. The emotional image is surrounded by gorgeous swirled wirework and cut steel studs, while three smaller complimentary plaques dangle freely from the base. Various geometrically shaped pairs of iron-backed links topped with mirrored plaques grace the remainder of the necklace, each one surrounded by additional lacy wirework and eye-catching steel studs. Embellishing the surface of each mirror are wonderful floral and leafy motifs, adding a lovely feminine touch to the incredibly detailed design. Fastening the necklace together is a push clasp at the back, featuring with an oval-shaped mirrored plaque decorated with a pair of artichoke motifs.

    The complimentary earrings display a fabulous dangling design and feature an elongated triangular-shaped mirrored plaque hanging from a gorgeous ironwork topper. The surface is graced with a swirled vine motif that lines the center, and a single cut steel stud adorns the base. Similar to the necklace, the entire plaque is surrounded by wonderful ornate Berlin ironwork. A single, cut steel stud rests at the center of the surmount, and is surrounded by lovely loops of ironwork, creating a wonderful floral appearance. Each surmount is attached to European style rose gold earring wires that have a hinged lever back, fastening in the front. When worn, they dangle with exceptional movement, framing the face beautifully.

    Throughout the ensemble, the cut steel studs and mirrored steel plaques reflect the light beautifully with every turn, and perfectly contrast with the rich, black intricate Berlin ironwork. Whether worn separately or as a set, this rare Berlin iron and cut steel ensemble makes a magnificent statement, and is perfect for the serious antique jewelry collector!

    The necklace measures approximately 16.25" long. The central pendant and dangling links hang about 2 3/4" long, approximately 1 7/8" wide and 1/8" thick. Each earring hangs approximately 2 1/2" long, about 5/8" wide, and 1/8" thick.

    The overall condition of the two piece jewelry set is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the Berlin ironwork itself. The surface of some of the mirrored plaques shows signs of minor fading, but due to the intricate nature of the entire piece, it is hardly noticeable when worn. It appears that some of the studs have been replaced at some point with similar looking stones, however, due to the number of studs and their placement, the replaced studs are hardly noticeable when worn. The necklace clasp fastens securely and is in good working condition. The hinged European earring wires are secure and in good working condition.
  • More Information
    Period: 19th Century
    Condition: Good. The set is in excellent condition.
    Creation Date: Circa 1804
    Metals: Stainless Steel
    Styles / Movements: Georgian
    Dealer Reference #: 43258
    Incollect Reference #: 538765
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