• Image of Cut-Steel Ring, Oxidized Sterling
  • Image of Cut-Steel Ring, Oxidized Sterling
  • Image of Cut-Steel Ring, Oxidized Sterling

The Victorians loved rose-cut diamonds, but only the very wealthy could afford them. It was common for the middle class to buy cut-steel jewelry pieces. True cut-steel jewelry showcases painstaking labor, where actual steel nails were faceted to look like diamonds, then arranged like gemstones would be. This process, where steel represents the middle class, is very dear to my heart. It represents hard-working individuals who are the backbone of society. Eventually this style became so popular that even the wealthy coveted their cut-steel pieces along side their diamonds. This ring is made of solid cast, oxidized (black patina) sterling silver.