Antique late Georgian/early Victorian black dot paste old mine cut (round-top stone) with old marquee cut paste drop earrings made of silver (acid tested at least 800/1000 parts silver was normal for this period) and 9K gold (ear wires-acid tested). These fabulous earrings were most likely foiled closed back but opened (at some point in antiquity) to expose their sparkle. They are absolutely exquisite and look like the "real deal" being the equivalent to over 5 carats!! The collet set silver stones are indicative of the Georgian era but may be early Victorian circa 1820-1830's. Paste jewelry was worn as "day jewelry" by the wealthy as each stone was cut exactly as if they were a diamonds! They measure 2cm from top to bottom. The round paste measures 0.7-0.8 cm across and the marquee paste measures 0.6 cm across and 0.9 cm down. They are really very lovely and in very fine antique condition considering their age!
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