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Queen Anne Opaline Paste & Pyrite Earrings

Very, very rare Queen Anne paste earrings date to the mid 18th century and feature opaline paste affixed with clusters of faceted iron pyrite. The hinged ear wires attach back-to-front and feature wig loops which would have helped hold the weight of the jewels to your powdered Marie Antoinette-style coiff.


  • Materials

    base metal, opaline paste, iron pyrite

  • Age

    c. 1760

  • Condition

    Very good - one of the iron pyrite clusters looks like it's a replacement of the original

  • Size

    3/4" x 1/2"

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