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. The pastes in these c. 1800 earrings derive their beautifully mottled color from pink foil backings. The stones are set in dished silver settings with the classic Georgian crimped collets and suspended from 9k yellow gold ear wires.
9k gold, silver, paste.
3/4" length measured from the top of the ear wire, 3/8 x 1/2" pastes.