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 1700's, created the look of a sparkling gemstone or diamond but cost much less than real stones.
A fantastic pair of French paste earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These dramatic earrings are quite beautiful and feature an ensemble of French paste stones that rest in a closed foil back setting. Each earring features a free swinging teardrop link with a double stone drop dangling in the center. The earrings hang from a large paste stone surmount which attaches to simple yellow gold wires. The stones rest in a pinched bezel setting and are beautifully faceted, catching the light when worn. Although these particular earrings were crafted in the Victorian era, they have a wonderful Georgian inspired design and look magnificent when worn!
Measurements: Each earring hangs 1 1/2" in total length. They measure 1/2" at the widest point, and are 1/8" thick.
Condition: The earrings remain in excellent antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or gold wires. All of the French paste stones are intact and securely set. There is a natural patina on the surface of the silver, which is a normal characteristic of antique jewelry.