Unusual paste earrings with three curved lines of paste gemstones dripping from a central paste cluster. Paste earrings rose in popularity in 18th century France when improvements in domestic candlelight made the appeal of such glittering gemstones soar.Paste is a type of leaded glass which was first created in the 1600's, but only in the 1700's did it achieve a level of perfection, and it was in the Georgian era that the most beautiful paste jewelry was created. Paste was popular in France and England and ultimately Spain and Portugal as well. Paste jewelry was known as the "traveling jewelry" for the upper class. The paste stones are carved to a level of perfection rarely seen in gemstones, real or simulated. The curved line design of these earrings is rarely seen. The black dot at the center of each paste was meant to look like the dot that can be seen at the center of diamonds, and black dot paste is always indicative of the highest quality Georgian paste jewelry. The stones are set in silver and backed in gold.