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Delicate and industrial steampunk earrings - clockwork style featuring a matched pair of Elgin antique mechanical watch movements with exposed gears mounted on beautiful antiqued brass filigree teardrop setting. These earrings are an elegant compliment for a corset, a day at the office, or a night on the town! It takes me between 400-500 watches to get matched pairs of clean, complete watch mechanisms - details and quality matter.
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 An emblem of a past era of craftsmanship, these mechanical watches have real or synthetic jewel bearings, originally made with ruby, garnet, diamond, and sapphire.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 earring drop length is about 1.25" and the total earring length including hook is just over 2". The back of each pair is filled with a translucent layer so the inner workings of the mechanism are visible. The fourth photo shows a selection of late Victorian era photos with a collection of watches similar to those I used for the earrings. See photos for details.
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Compass Rose Design revives historic heirlooms into wearable art. Everything in our shop is handmade in our studio just north of San Francisco, California.
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ABOUT COMPASS ROSE DESIGN:
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 Clockwork Antique Elgin Watch Movement Earrings with 17 Ruby Jewels on Brass Victorian Baroque Drop
- Handmade item
- Materials: steampunk earrings, vintage watch movement, antique gears, brass filigree, earring setting, hook, wire, czech glass crystal, ruby, watch movement, antique watch, elgin, 17 jewel watch movement
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