Georgian silver and gold earrings, closed-back set in silver with faceted diamond paste stones
The earring tops are set as leaves, and a teardrop pendant with a centre stone and an 8-stone halo surround.
The drops move freely when the earrings are worn.
They are English, have gold graceful shepherd’s crook ear wires which go into the front of the ear.
The "black-spot/black-dot" pastes are so named because jewellers in the 1700's, and earlier, would occasionally rub a spot (dot) of black, pitch-like paint across the flat cut or pointed bottom of the cullet (under) of faceted paste or crystal stones. This fades over time but some evidence can still be seen in some of this stones.
It was sometimes used to create the look of mine-cut or European-cut diamonds or gemstones when the stone was viewed from the top (or table).
It is very hard to see how these earrings sparkle. You can view a video on Instagram under bloomsbury_antiques.
Length 2.5cm from the bend in ear wire and 1.2cm at the widest point.
Weight: 3 grm