Georgian Style 14kt/Sterling Foil-Backed French Paste 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 1700's, created the look of a sparkling gemstone or diamond but cost much less than real stones.
A gorgeous and unique pair of Georgian-style French paste earrings! Crafted in sterling silver, each earring features a stunning French paste stone that rests in a foil-backed setting. The bezel set stones are particularly large in size and have bold old Mine Cut facets that catch the light beautifully with every turn. The color of the stones closely resembles chrysoberyl, a rare gemstone that exhibits a beautiful pale yellow-green hue and was popular during the Georgian era. Attached to the top of each silver bezel is a 14kt yellow gold earring wire, providing a wonderful mixed metals appeal. The earrings dangle with lovely movement, and would look perfect worn day or night!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 1" long (including the wire at the top), measures about 5/8" in diameter, and is 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting or gold earring wires. Both French paste stones are intact and securely set. The earring wires are secure and in good working order.