A lovely example of late Georgian Paste jewelry. The center of the ring is set with a rectangular Emerald Paste gem surrounded by 21 clear paste omc stones. Each clear paste has a black dot at the center of the bottom to accentuate the culet. This was very fashionable in the Georgian era to make paste stones seem more like diamonds. All of the pastes are foil backed this was done to make them more sparkly in candlelight. The top of the ring is silver on 18k gold and the shank is 14k gold. The term paste refers to a lead crystal which was first developed in 1675. By the 18th century, it was very popular both in England and in France.This ring is circa 1800-10
Details..... Currently a size 6, it comes with one free sizing. This ring measures 18.75mm x 14.5mm across the top, 7.5mm in depth at the top, 12mm at the shoulder fork, and 2mm at the back of the shank. All antique and vintage jewels will show some wear.