Large Georgian Paste Cluster Earrings
Fashion during the Georgian period was all about rich brocades, silks, velvets and satins and were adorned with braid, embroidery and, of course jewels both real and paste. Shoe buckles, buttons and ornaments for the head all glittered with the diamond-like sparkle of paste.
Here we have an example of a pair of Georgian period earrings which, in all probability started out life as waistcoat buttons. A surround of sixteen (16) sparkling clear white pastes form the border for a multi-petal flower form of nine (9) more of the bright pastes. Characteristically foiled and set closed back in silver, all the pastes are original.
The scalloped perimeter is typical for the period as is flatter back. Earlier 18th century pieces employed a more rounded, somewhat bulbous reverse. Around 1790 the backs became less and less bulbous while still retaining their solid construction. Later 14k yellow gold ear wires have been added to the weighty yet comfortable earrings.
Date: Circa 1810.
Measurements: 1-5/16 of an inch (3.3 cm) in length including ear wire by 1-3/16 inches (2.9 cm) in diameter. Weight of 28.1 grams (18.1 dwt) for the pair.
Condition: Very good; some chipping to some stones visible with magnification; later modern 14k yellow gold ear wires.
Important: Foiled jewelry should not be exposed to water for any extended period of time nor soaked in water or any other liquid.
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