Victorian 14kt French Paste Buttercup Flower 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 1700s, created the look of a sparkling gemstone or diamond but cost much less than real stones.
A beautiful pair of French paste earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These lovely earrings are made of 14kt yellow gold and have a simple and sweet buttercup design. Graceful flower petals surround the French paste stones, which are prong set at the center of the 3-dimensional setting. The faceted paste stones sparkle beautifully and closely resemble real diamonds. Attached to the back is a gold earring wire, allowing the flowers to hang just below the ear when worn. A beautiful and feminine design, these earrings look absolutely gorgeous and could be worn everyday!
Measurement: Each earring hangs 3/4" long from the top of the wire to the base of the flower. The flowers themselves have a 3/8" diameter and are 1/4" thick from the side.
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, both of which are intact. The earring wires are secure. There is a subtle natural patina on the surface of the gold, which is normal for a Victorian era piece and adds depth to the design.