Victorian 14kt French Paste & Black Enamel 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.
A pair of beautiful French paste earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These lovely earrings are made of 14kt yellow gold and have a simple, feminine design. Each earring adorns a sparkling French paste stone that dangles freely below a decorative gold topper and earring wire. The French paste stones are suspended in raised prongs within a crown-like setting. They have a gorgeous sparkle that resembles real diamonds! A pattern of enameled black petals surrounds the base of each stone, a delicate finishing touch. Each clasped earring wire hooks securely into place in the back, providing extra security when worn. A simply stunning pair of earrings, they would look beautiful worn day or night!
Measurements: Each earring hangs 1" long (including the wire tops) and is approximately 3/8" at its widest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or French paste stones, which are intact. The clasped earring wires are secure and in good working condition. There is some minor surface wear to the enamel details, however, the wear is minimal and not noticeable when worn. A natural patina gives a darkened antique appearance to some areas of the gold, which is normal for Victorian era jewelry and adds to its unique character.