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Beautiful steampunk earrings featuring a matched pair of vintage 15 jewel Gruen Watch Company mechanical watch movements with exposed gears mounted on beautiful antiqued brass filigree teardrop settings. Each watch movement has jewel bearings, and is more than 50 years old, having done its duty as a working watch. These earrings are accented with sparkling Swarovski burgundy crystals and backed with an antiqued brass watch face design.
ABOUT THE DESIGN:
The Victorian era was a bridge between old traditions and new technologies. At the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert received the first mechanical keyless wind watches, making pocket watches and watch fobs popular for both men and women until the mid 20th century. While pocket watches had been worn for more than a century, wrist watches were introduced around 1900, called "wristlets" were introduced, in part because of the development of a more affordable jewel bearings production process, which made smaller, more accurate watches possible. Assumed to be a passing fad, wrist watches caught on and were most popular in the 1920s and 1930s, which is why most of the watches I work with are Art Deco from this period. An emblem of a past era of craftsmanship, these mechanical watches have real or synthetic jewel bearings, originally made with ruby, garnet, diamond, and sapphire. Many watches have the name of the watch maker, intricate tooling or design work, seen only when the watch was repaired, cleaned, and maintained. Celebrate analog!
MEASUREMENTS & MATERIALS:
The total earring length including hook is approximately 2.25". I use non-allergenic nickel free brass leverback earring hooks. See photos for details! The fourth photo shows an assortment of the types of watches I work with, as well as the watches in context of late Victorian photos of both men and women with pocket watch chains.
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Compass Rose Design Jewelry is a tiny, woman-owned family business based just north of San Francisco, California. Founder, Creek Van Houten, is a 3rd generation maker of recycled jewelry and art.
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Steampunk Earrings Vintage Mechanical Watch Movement Victorian Larger Teadrop Earring with Burgundy Swarovski Crystal by Compass Rose Design
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