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Georgian Double Pear White Paste Earrings

Georgian Double Pear White Paste Earrings



DATE: Georgian, c.1820

A gorgeous pair of Georgian white paste earrings dating from the first half of the 19th Century, circa 1820. Each earring is set with two pear cut paste gemstones, mounted in foil backed "pie crust" settings - the foil and the silver both used to increase brilliance/brightness and accentuate their colour. The stones are set tip to tip, with the bottom ones dangling freely beneath. With 9 karat yellow gold dish backs and ear wires.

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries paste gems could command as much (if not more) than natural gemstones, on account of the technology being so new and that the stones could be the "ideal" colour and completely clear and free from inclusions. The medium is usually highly polished leaded glass, with minute amounts of certain metals added to give colour – the technique was perfected by Georges Frédéric Strass in 1724.


White Paste Gemstones


Drop: 3.0cm

Width: 8.0mm




No marks present, tests as 9k gold and silver


Very good, light wear commensurate with age. Ear wires are later additions