Black dot paste earned its moniker from the technique of setting the pastes (glass) into black pitch to hold them steady while forming the metal structure around them.
It also mimics the look of diamonds of the era. They too were placed by the same method. With their tiny flat culets (bottom area), they show off their itty bitty black dot deep within.
French in origin, this inspired design consists of two parts. A top with bow-like or rays that alternate between rose gold (over silver) and silver.
Encrusted with hand-cut oval, round, and mine-shaped pastes, the silver rays complement the patterned rose gold.
A teardrop-shaped dangle matches this surmount, both with a cluster of pastes at the center. Circa 1840, this Georgian beauty holds a regal drama.
A base metal brooch fitting was added long ago. It is also easy to wear as a pendant by looping a ribbon or chain. Or ask about adding a pendant bale.
For similar workmanship, see item 21433.