Victorian 14kt French Paste Old Mine Cut Stud Earrings
French paste is a vintage jewelry term used to describe the practice of using faceted cut glass, cut in the shape of a 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 beautiful pair of French paste earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These lovely studs have a simple, yet stylish design. Each earring is crafted in 14kt rose gold and features an elegant French paste stone held within a multi-prong setting. The stones are beautifully faceted into an old Mine Cut shape, and have a gorgeous sparkle that closely resembles real diamonds. On the back of each earring is a gold post and earring back, which is stamped with a "14K" gold purity mark. A simply stunning pair of studs, they would look beautiful worn day or night!
Measurements: Each French paste stone within its setting measures approximately 1/4" in diameter, and rests about 1/8" high.
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 stones are intact and securely set but do show some light surface wear commensurate with age. The earring post and back are secure and in good working condition.