Victorian French Continental Silver/10kt French Paste 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, developed in the 1700s, 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 (ca1880s) era! These lovely earrings, which are of French origin, are crafted in .800 purity silver and 10kt rose gold and feature an elegant, feminine design. Each earring adorns two sparkling French paste stones, both set in raised prongs within a crown-like setting, beautifully sparkling with every turn. The earrings hang from silver wires, and are secured by a hinged 10kt rose gold lever back. The side of each wire is marked with a French boar's head hallmark, indicating .800 silver purity. Stunning in their simplicity, this pair of earrings would look beautiful worn day or night!
Measurements: Each earring hangs 5/8" long (including the wire). The smaller French paste stone measures approximately 3mm in diameter and the larger measures 7mm in diameter.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the silver setting or French paste stones, which are intact. The gold lever back earring wires are secure and in good working condition.