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 Queen Anne black-dot* paste earrings

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Rare 'Queen Anne' double oval cluster paste earrings circa 1740 - 1760, lovely and a wearable size.

The clear black-dot* pastes are set in foiled, silver closed-back settings. It was customary, on special pieces of 18th century paste, for the stone setter to apply a dot of pitch-like paint to the culet, the small base of the faceting, in the same manner that diamond jewelry was made at the time. These earrings have later, graceful gold wires attached to the top of their rounded backs, which make them quite easy to wear; the original back earwires are lost.

They are 1 and 1/2 inches long and 7/8 inches wide at their widest point.

Glorious sparkling paste, and not heavy on the ear.

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Inventory #Z-463

* The "black-spot/black-dot" pastes are so named because the jewelers in the 1700's, and earlier, would sometimes rub a spot (or dot) of black, pitch-like paint across the flat cut or pointed bottom of the culet (under) of some faceted paste stones. It was often used to create the look of mine cut or European cut diamonds or gemstones when the stone was viewed from the top (or table).

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