Late Art Deco French Paste Shooting Arrow Clip-On Earrings
French paste is a Vintage jewelry term used to describe the practice of using faceted cut glass, cut in the shape of a real gemstone, instead of using real gems. This process, which was developed in the 1700's, created the look of a sparkling gemstone or diamond but cost much less than real stones.
A fabulous pair of French paste arrow earrings from the late Art Deco (ca1930) era! These wonderful earrings have a very unusual design and look fabulous on. Each depicts a shooting arrow that is made of rhodium plated base metal. The arrows' head has a long curved point and each holds 8 sparkling handset French paste stones and the fletching is detailed with 24 additional French paste stones. Running along the center of each arrow are 7 black glass baguette stones which compliment the paste beautifully. The earrings are clip-on style, and a wire attaches to a hinge which hides beneath the fletching. The hinge allows the arrow to open and clip on your ear and gives the appearance that the earrings are shooting through ones ear. They have a very interesting and unusual design and make a bold statement when worn. They would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings measures slightly more than 1 1/2" from side to side, are 3/8" wide at the fletching and have a depth of 1/4".
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the rhodium plated setting and all of the stones are intact. The earring hinges move easily and stay securely in place.