These are so beautiful, and of course the paste, is cut by a jeweler just as diamonds would be. Actually, the paste often has more sparkle than the diamonds. These are late Victorian, circa 1890, and the stones are set i silver, with 18 carat gold wires. The earrings measure 2 and 1/2 inches long, and 5/8 inches East to West. These are great value for the money.