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Steampunk Jewelry Vintage Watch Movement Earrings 17 Jewel Elgin Watches with Olive Green Swarovski Crystal Handmade by Compass Rose Design

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Steampunk Earrings Vintage Mechanical Elgin 17 Jewel Watch Movement Earring with Swarovski Olive Green Handmade by Compass Rose Design

Beautiful steampunk earrings featuring a matched pair of vintage Elgin 17 Jewel watch movements with exposed gears mounted on beautiful Victorian revival antiqued brass filigree settings. Each watch movement has real ruby bearings, and is more than 50 years old, having done its duty as a working watch - the exposed gears are intricate and fascinating. I accented these earrings with elegant Swarovski olive green crystal.

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 An emblem of a past era of craftsmanship, these mechanical watches have real or synthetic jewel bearings, originally made with ruby, garnet, diamond, and sapphire.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 nickel free non-allergenic leverback earring hooks. See photo for details! The back of each pair is filled with a translucent layer so the inner workings of the mechanism are visible. 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.

All items come in a gift box.

Compass Rose Design revives historic heirlooms into wearable art. Everything in our shop is handmade in our studio just north of San Francisco, California.

SEE MORE:
See the entire Compass Rose Design Jewelry Collection:
http://www.compassrosedesign.etsy.com

Steampunk Necklaces:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CompassRoseDesign?section_id=7008013

Steampunk Earrings
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CompassRoseDesign?section_id=7015168

Steampunk Rings:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CompassRoseDesign?section_id=7390208

Victorian Style Necklaces:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CompassRoseDesign?section_id=6883252

Victorian Style Earrings:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CompassRoseDesign?section_id=6883254

Antique Button Rings:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CompassRoseDesign?section_id=6883257

Bracelets, Pins, Watches:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CompassRoseDesign?section_id=7758576

ORDERING WITH COMPASS ROSE DESIGN:
As artists of handcrafted goods, we guarantee our work – but we go a step further with our no-hassle exchange/return policy. Please read our shop policies for all the details if you have questions BEFORE purchase. Contact us with any questions or if you’d like priority shipping or insurance, as these are not included with regular shipping prices. Remember there is sometimes natural variation in hues or loving wear that accompanies the genuine antique items we work with. Thank you for supporting handmade!

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.

All designs, text, & photos copyright © Compass Rose Design Jewelry.
http://www.compassrosedesign.etsy.com
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Convo me with any questions :)SHIPPING & RETURNS: We typically ship our items 1-4 days from the date of purchase. Occasionally custom orders take longer. Tracking information is available for US shipments only. International orders typically take 10-15 business days and do NOT come with tracking information. A note to international buyers: The recipient of the merchandise will be required to pay the duty or VAT upon delivery. Due to import duty valuation adjustments and currency valuations, we are unable to provide an estimate for duty or VAT. Read our full policies for our no-hassle return policy. Thank you!
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Steampunk Jewelry Vintage Watch Movement Earrings 17 Jewel Elgin Watches with Olive Green Swarovski Crystal Handmade by Compass Rose Design

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: vintage watch movement, steampunk earrings, antique gears, brass filigree earring setting, hook wire, leverback, lever back, ruby jewel, rubies, watch movement, clock parts
  • Ships worldwide from California, United States
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