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Superb Antique Georgian Cushion Cut Paste Solitaire Earrings Circa 1820
I could search for many years and not find the beauty of the paste stones found in these earrings. They are French, circa 1820 and are set in foil back, hand crimped cushion cut earrings. The stones are set in silver, and the backs are 18 karat gold. New 14 karat gold shepherd hook ear wires were added to convert the elements to earrings. These were found in Paris and were made from an amazing partial necklace, or reviere. I was able to make a few pairs of earrings of which only two remain.
The stones are bright, white, reflective and the rare cushion cut. They equate to approximately 2 carats each and measure without the collets approximately 8.02 mm X 8.14 mm and 7.83 X 7.20 mm. The variation in size is due to hand cutting and setting. Size difference is not visible at all when worn. They are remarkable, beautiful earrings. Each stone is hand set and the effect is extraordinary.
Paste jewelry has been recognized as an art form in its own right, and French paste sets the standard for unique beauty.
France, circa 1820
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: diamond/gold/silver, Size: APPROX 8.02 X 8.14 without the collets