Victorian 14kt French Paste Dangle 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 gorgeous pair of French paste earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Each beautiful piece is crafted in vibrant 14kt yellow gold, and dangles a stunning stone from a simple gold wire at the top. The prong-set stones are cut similarly to an old Mine Cut diamond, and freely dangle within a smoothly polished open center circle, appearing as if they "float." The French paste stones rest in an open-back setting, allowing the light to pass through and catch each facet brilliantly with every turn. A simple wire at the top allows the earrings to dangle with lovely movement, creating a spectacular sparkle that closely resembles diamonds! Feminine and petite, these charming antique earrings would look beautiful worn day or night!
Measurements: Each earring hangs slightly less than 1" long, and measures slightly less than 1/2" wide, and is 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting. The French paste crystals are intact and securely set. The earring wires are intact and in good working condition.