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 1700s, created the look of a sparkling gemstone or diamond but cost much less than real stones.
A fantastic pair of French paste earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These dramatic earrings are quite beautiful, featuring an ensemble of French paste stones that rest in a closed foil-back setting made of sterling silver. Each earring features a free swinging link at the base, which hangs below a teardrop-shaped surmount. All of the French paste crystals sparkle magnificently, closely resembling real diamonds! The earrings hang from 18kt gold wires with lever back closures, hidden seamlessly on the back. Although these particular earrings were crafted in the Victorian era, they have a wonderful Georgian inspired design and look positively radiant when worn!
Measurements: Each earring hangs 1 1/2" in total length, measures 1/2" at the widest point, and just under 1/4" at the thickest point.
Condition: The earrings remain in excellent antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or gold wires. All of the French paste stones are intact and securely set. There is a natural patina on the surface of the silver, which is a normal characteristic of antique jewelry.