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Victorian circa 1870 9 Karat Pink Paste Cluster Earrings

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1900: Item # 1436969
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
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Baltimore, Maryland 21212
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Rare, early Victorian pink Paste Cluster Earrings designed to look like clusters of flowers. Pink paste is extremely hard to find and we think very becoming in these cluster earrings. Paste jewelry was designed to emulate real precious gems, in this case, Pink Tourmaline or Pink Topaz. Paste exploded in popularity in the 18th century and was created to emulate real gemstones. The popularity continued in Victorian times, and we know these are Victorian because of their 9K construction. Women loved their paste as much as their gemstone jewelry, and it was the "traveling" jewelry of its day (women preferred to bring their paste out of the very real concern over encountering highwaymen and other scoundrels whilst traveling to their countryside homes). Paste is actually a form of leaded glass and other things, as the formula for paste, along with the craftsmanship, is long lost. More on the history of paste jewelry can be found in Antique Paste Jewelry by MDS Lewis.