Pavé is a lovely sounding French word for something very literal—it simply means that the stones are "paved" on to a particular surface. The French pronunciation sounds much nicer that the English, although jewelers work the surface of a metal not unlike a bricklayer, setting precious stones in small, pre-made cavities until the entire surface is covered. It creates an incredible visual effect with a bright stone like turquoise - particularly when the cabochons have randomly discolored with age as can be seen in these late Victorian earrings.
gilt metal, 10k gold ear wires (tests), turquoise cabochons
1 1/2" length measured from the top of the ear wire, 3/4" at the widest point
1837 — 1901
please note:Terms of Sale
Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.
A turquoise given by a loving hand carries with it happiness and good fortune. -Arabic proverb