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Antique Georgian black dot paste flower earrings, Sterling silver

Antique Georgian black dot paste flower earrings, Sterling silver

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A beautiful pair of Antique, late Georgian era black dot paste flower earrings.

Sweet little flowers, set with clear paste stones all in a closed back sterling silver collet setting.

They have silver latch back ear wire fasteners, these are a later replacement and the earrings were probably part of a larger pair or double drop pair at one point.

So what is black dot paste? Paste itself was a popular alternative to diamonds in the mid 18th century through to the Edwardian era, it is a type of Flint glass that has been hand cut to emulate gemstones, usually diamonds but sometimes other gemstones too.

It was used before the 18th century though with evidence of the Romans cutting coloured glass paste for imitation gems.

But still the black dot? Well this was a technique developed in the Georgian era designed to give a sense of depth to the stone, a small black dot was painted on the base of the glass before setting so that when it was mounted it gave the perception of a deep stone.

Good used condition overall, signs of use and wear commensurate with age, overall patina, fasteners are a later replacement.

Approx measurements:
1.4" total length
0.75" width
0.5" drop

3.08 grams total combined weight

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