Dating to c.1780-1790, these outstanding pair of highly-rare opaline and white paste earrings are a Georgian rarity, and are the perfect statement jewels for the 21st-century lady!
Measuring 1 5/8" long from the tops of their original paste-set ear wires x 3/4" wide, this pair of earrings are desirable on SO many levels! They have survived 235+ years in phenomenally exceptional condition, the design is still a classic, and the focal point are the oh-so-rare opaline paste cabochons which make these earrings glow and shimmer with white, pink, golden, and blue fire! As most collectors of Georgian paste know, opaline pastes are the rarest of the rare in earrings of the second half of the 18th-century, and I have never before seen opaline cabochons as large or as perfect as these!
Each opaline paste measures 20 mm x 15 mm, and weigh approx. 18 "carats" each! A halo of 16 white, cushion-cut pastes set off each cabochon perfectly; these pastes all display the "black spot" of pitch at the culet which is characteristic of 18th-century pastes, and each white paste weighs approx. 3/4 "carat." All of the pastes are in exquisite condition, without water damage or wear to the stones or the foils. Note how the white pastes pick up the reflections of yellow and pink of the opaline pastes - SO SPECIAL!
All of the paste gems are collet-set in convex, close-backed settings of sterling-grade silver. These earrings display a rich patina to the silver, and have not been cleaned. The backs of the earrings retain much of their original, mellow, low-karat gilding. Today, these historic earrings are suitable to walk a 21st century red carpet, or to wear to that special gala! They are nothing short of gorgeous on the ear, and are just as wearable today as when they first graced the ears of a lady of fashion in the 1780s! SO SPECIAL!
Weighing in at 15.95 grams for the pair, these are substantial jewels, and in my 25+ years as a dealer, collector and scholar of early jewelry, I have never before seen a pair this grand! Best of all, they will never go out of style! If you collect the NE PLUS ULTRA in Georgian paste jewelry, these investment-quality earrings are certain to become a treasured addition to your collection! They would also make a stellar gift for any lady who loves the finest in antique jewelry,and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss these rarities; up to 90-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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