Victorian Petite Sterling Silver French Paste Cluster 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 real gems. This process, which was developed in the 1700s, created the look of a sparkling gemstone or diamond without the expense of precious stones.
A wonderful pair of French paste earrings from the Victorian (ca1880s) era! These simple yet dazzling earrings are crafted in sterling silver and French in origin. Each features a gorgeous cluster of sparkling French paste stones which come together to form a soft flower design. The open back crystals have a brilliant sparkle and hang just below the ear, beautifully catching the light with every turn. Both wires are stamped with a French boars head hallmark as well as a small makers mark. A wonderful example of antique French paste jewelry, the earrings resemble real gemstones and would look gorgeous every day or worn on special occasions!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 1/2" long (including the wires). The French paste clusters measure 3/8" in diameter, and are approximately 1/4" thick.
Condition: The earrings remain in overall good antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting or to the earring wires, which are securely attached. All of the French paste stones secure, but some do show signs of minor wear, including a couple small chips and inconsistencies in color. Due to their size, the damage is hardly noticeable when the earrings are worn.