Cut steel is one of my favourite elements - it is no longer produced, and so already has a rare and historical quality. But what I love most is that it has such a beautiful, understated sparkle, so it feels at once precious and casual. I can almost see in my mind the jeweller making each piece by hand with such care, creating these glistening pieces which I love to preserve - and to wear!
This necklace features a cut steel swallow in flight, dating to Victorian times, hanging from a vintage sterling silver faceted chain, then a section of creamy vintage faux pearls, and at the back, a sterling silver belcher chain. It does not have an opening - it's long enough to simply slip on over your head.
Swallows were a motif used often in Victorian jewellery - swallows were believed to lead ships home when they approached land, so signified a safe return home.
- Bird length 3.7cm
- Bird width 3.5cm
- Bird depth 1.5mm
- Total chain length 75.6cm