Victorian 12kt Gold French Paste Dangling 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 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.
Lovely French paste earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Attached to clasped wires, each earring begins with a fan-like surmount and has a single French paste stone dangling at the base. The paste stones are set in a lovely high prong setting, which displays beautiful wirework on the sides. These fabulous earrings would make a gorgeous addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 7/8" long, is slightly more than 1/4" at the widest point and has a depth of a little more than 1/4".
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or wires and both French pastes are intact.