Georgian Pink Paste Earrings

$600.00
About Details History
In 1724, French jeweler Georges Frédéric Strass came up with “paste,” a type of leaded glass that he cut and polished with metal powder until it appeared to shimmer like a diamond in the light. His intention was to imitate the diamonds and colored gems that were so prized by the French bourgeoisie, and he did such a great job that paste "gemstone" jewelry became exceedingly popular on the continent (as well as Britain), and was worn ostentatiously alongside natural gems. These c. 1800 pink paste earrings are slightly different hues. The stones are backed in foil and set in dished silver settings with 9k yellow gold ear wires.

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  • Materials: silver, 9k yellow gold, paste
  • Age: c. 1800
  • Condition: Very good - paste gems are slightly different hues
  • Size: 1.6cm measured from the top of the ear wire, 1cm at the widest point
  • Location: To see these earrings in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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GEORGIAN (1714 - 1837) The Georgian Era was named for the English Kings George I, II, III and IV. Within the powerful nations of France and England, fine gemstone jewelry was worn only by the extremely wealthy, and the styles were regal and ornate. As imperialist war raged in the Americas, Caribbean, Australia, and beyond, the jewelry industry benefited: colored gems from all over the empire became newly available. A mix of artistic influences from around Europe contributed to the feminine, glittering jewels of the era. Dense, ornate Baroque motifs from Italy showed up in Georgian jewelry, as did French Rococo’s undulating flora and fauna. Neoclassical style made use of Greek and Roman motifs, which were newly popular due to the recently uncovered ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Lapidary methods improved: the dome-shaped rose cut was popular, as was the “old mine cut”, a very early iteration of today’s round brilliant cut. The boat-shaped marquise diamond cut was developed around this time, supposedly to imitate the smile of Louis XV’s mistress, the marquise de Pompadour. Paste—an imitation gemstone made from leaded glass—was newly developed in the 18th century, and set into jewelry with the same creativity and care as its more precious counterparts. Real and imitation gems were almost always set in closed-backed settings, lined on the underside with thin sheets of foil to enhance the color of the stone and highlight it's sparkle. This makes Georgian rings tough for modern women to wear, especially on an everyday basis: genteel, jewelry-owning ladies of the 18th century were not famous for working with their hands like we are. Nor did they wash their hands as much as we do. Water will virtually ruin a foiled setting, so take special care with your Georgian ring. Very little jewelry from this period is still in circulation, and it's very difficult to repair.
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About Details History
In 1724, French jeweler Georges Frédéric Strass came up with “paste,” a type of leaded glass that he cut and polished with metal powder until it appeared to shimmer like a diamond in the light. His intention was to imitate the diamonds and colored gems that were so prized by the French bourgeoisie, and he did such a great job that paste "gemstone" jewelry became exceedingly popular on the continent (as well as Britain), and was worn ostentatiously alongside natural gems. These c. 1800 pink paste earrings are slightly different hues. The stones are backed in foil and set in dished silver settings with 9k yellow gold ear wires.

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  • Materials: silver, 9k yellow gold, paste
  • Age: c. 1800
  • Condition: Very good - paste gems are slightly different hues
  • Size: 1.6cm measured from the top of the ear wire, 1cm at the widest point
  • Location: To see these earrings in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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GEORGIAN (1714 - 1837) The Georgian Era was named for the English Kings George I, II, III and IV. Within the powerful nations of France and England, fine gemstone jewelry was worn only by the extremely wealthy, and the styles were regal and ornate. As imperialist war raged in the Americas, Caribbean, Australia, and beyond, the jewelry industry benefited: colored gems from all over the empire became newly available. A mix of artistic influences from around Europe contributed to the feminine, glittering jewels of the era. Dense, ornate Baroque motifs from Italy showed up in Georgian jewelry, as did French Rococo’s undulating flora and fauna. Neoclassical style made use of Greek and Roman motifs, which were newly popular due to the recently uncovered ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Lapidary methods improved: the dome-shaped rose cut was popular, as was the “old mine cut”, a very early iteration of today’s round brilliant cut. The boat-shaped marquise diamond cut was developed around this time, supposedly to imitate the smile of Louis XV’s mistress, the marquise de Pompadour. Paste—an imitation gemstone made from leaded glass—was newly developed in the 18th century, and set into jewelry with the same creativity and care as its more precious counterparts. Real and imitation gems were almost always set in closed-backed settings, lined on the underside with thin sheets of foil to enhance the color of the stone and highlight it's sparkle. This makes Georgian rings tough for modern women to wear, especially on an everyday basis: genteel, jewelry-owning ladies of the 18th century were not famous for working with their hands like we are. Nor did they wash their hands as much as we do. Water will virtually ruin a foiled setting, so take special care with your Georgian ring. Very little jewelry from this period is still in circulation, and it's very difficult to repair.
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