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Elegance & Versatility - Victorian 14K Silver Paste Earrings. These lovely earrings are crafted from 14K gold, and 900 silver (tested). Featuring four round cut paste gems, Victorian styling and quality workmanship. The claw set paste gems are bright, clear, and full of life and sparkle. The earrings are made for pierced ears, featuring 14K shepherds hooks for easy insertion. These earrings are so versatile, day or night wear is suitable for these beautiful earrings. These Victorian era earrings would make a perfect gift or addition to any fine jewelry collection.
Note: In the aristocratic classes of the 17th century Europe, particularly the tastes-making rococo Parisians, fine jewelry made of pieces gemstones like diamonds and emeralds were flaunted and coveted. These stones were treasured for their beauty as much as their relative rarity- it was rarity that prompted jewellers to seek out an equally beautiful , but less expensive alternative material for their creations.
In 1724, French jewel designer Georges Frederic Strass came up with" paste" a kind of leaded glass that he cut and polished with metal powder until it appeared like a diamond in the light. These white "diamante" or " strass" were a hit with glamorous Parisian high society. These lovely earrings are a fine example of beautiful paste gems.
Measurements: Earrings 23mm x 6mm
Stone Size: 6mm each
Weight: 1.8 grams
Origin: France Provenance : America
Date: Circa 1880