For centuries, paste has made a more affordable jewelry option for those who could not pay for the luster of a diamond. In fact, many people desired paste jewelry in its own right. It was valued as its own art form, rather than simple imitation. The trend continued into the late 19th century, and even today we can find paste jewels!
Massive Champagne Toned Paste Earrings in gilt metal, as was the main material used for jewels during this era. We have had ver few pieces from the first quarter of the 18th century, and these massive pastes with “diamond” paste halos absolutely take the cake for excellence in this category.
Materials & Features: “Diamond” paste
Age/Origin: 18th C, English, c. 1715
Measurements: 33mm top to bottom, 12.13 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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