Queen Anne earrings
Lusciously dramatic ‘Queen Anne’ paste earrings, circa 1740 – 1760. The colourless black dot paste are set in foiled, silver closed back settings. On fine 18th century paste, it was customary for the setter to apply a pitch-like paint to the culet [ the tiny base facet], in the same manner as diamond jewellery of the era was made. These Queen Anne earrings are double-drops. The original fittings have been replaced with gold ear wires. They are 1 and 2/3 inches long and 3/4 of an inch wide across the bottom drop. Absolutely dazzling paste.