Perhaps the most beautiful and large Georgian paste earrings that I have sold in many, many years. This pair was converted from a partial Georgian reviere which I have included in the pictures. The stones were beautifully converted into earrings with the addition of 14 karat gold shepherd hooks .These are unusually large and radiate light with every movement. The earrings are silver set in hand crimped collets. The reverse retains the original vermeil finish (gold over silver). I will have several pairs that were created from this reviere and this is the largest, most dramatic example.
Paste jewelry is prized by collectors for its distinctive beauty. Each stone was hand cut and foil placed beneath the stone. The use of foil in Georgian jewelry was to reflect light as the stones were characteristically closed in the back. These are NOT reproductions and rare to find in this size and condition. Each stone equates to over 5 carats of a diamond. There is a line of wear on the back vermeil of one earring. This is not a split or damage affecting use and cannot be seen when worn.
The labor used in paste jewelry was the same quality used for gemstones. The Royals had their own paste makers to create jewels as it was a novelty and was very expensive to create.
They measure 1/2 inch across X 3/4 inches long from the top of the wires.
Condition is outstanding and the beauty and radiance hard to capture in the photos. It will arrive in a black leather gift box.
England, circa 1820
Rare Large Georgian Paste Cushion Cut Silver Gold Earrings