This is a pair of early Victorian, collet-set paste earrings that hang from gold shepherd's hooks. Because it can be challenging to find a pair of antique double collet-set paste earrings that still have this level of sparkle, these made our must have list.
The stones and settings are original and were most likely converted from a Rivière necklace at some point in their history. An equivalent pair of diamond earrings would measure 2.5 carats on the bottom and a little over 1.5 carats on the top.
Dimensions & Details
- The bottom paste is between 8 mm and 9 mm and the top is paste is between 7 mm and 8 mm. The total length from the top of the shepherd's hook to the bottom of the earring is a little over an inch or 25 mm..
- The paste earrings are collet set in silver with 14 ct gold ear wires.
Period & Hallmarks
- Early Victorian.
- The earrings are in good antique condition. The stones are well matched and bright without yellowing. As one would expect to see in an antique piece, there is some general wear and minor nibbles and abrasions to the surface of the stones which are visible only through a loupe or magnification.
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