Victorian Petite Sterling/14kt French Paste Starburst 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 starburst earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Each earring forms a 6-point starburst, which is crafted in sterling silver with 14kt gold wires. The surface of each star is adorned with beautiful French paste crystals, which sparkle dramatically within their closed back setting. The stones vary in size, with the largest resting at the center, and the smaller stones lining the rays. Delicate beadwork accents the tip of each ray, a perfect finishing touch. When worn, they dangle just below the ear, and have a stunning celestial appearance. These breathtaking antique earrings would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs 1" long, including the wires at the top. The stars themselves measure 1/2" across, and are 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or wires, which are securely attached. All of the French paste stones are intact and securely set. There is a natural patina that gives the piece a darkened silver look, which is typical for antique jewelry, and adds to the unique beauty and appearance of the design.