18th C. Silver & Paste Cluster Earrings
All of us are apt to misplace a favorite pen on a daily basis. Consequently is it quite difficult to imagine how an object as small as a pair of earrings can still exist for more than 230 years. But jewelry is magical and it can impact an individual in a myriad of ways over a multitude of ages.
This pair of Georgian earrings still retains its original back to front ear wires with what is termed “wig loops”. Exceedingly shimmering and clear, thirty (30) hand cut white pastes glow with very fine refraction and attendant prismatic light. In a floral cluster form, these antique earrings characteristically are foiled and set closed back in low grade silver. The pastes are cut in such a manner as to pick up the ambient light from the candles which typically illuminated 18th century indoor spaces. Aren't you thrilled to know some treasures survive?
Date: Circa 1780.
Measurements: Each earring is 7/8 of an inch (2.2 cm) in diameter. Total weight for both earrings is 9.4 grams (6.1 dwt).
Condition: Excellent for their age; a few stones with tiny wear, two stones with chips visible with a loupe; note the earrings backs are a tad thicker than modern ear wires although these could be polished thinner.
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