This exceptional antique Silver Paste brooch is a genuine Georgian piece with an attractive cross-like design, circa 1800.
“Paste” is a special type of leaded glass that was invented in 1724 during the Georgian era by a gentleman called Georges Frédéric Strass. It was an instant hit with high society, who in some cases even loved them better than Diamonds and other natural precious gems because of the utter quality and craftsmanship! To create the Strass or Paste the glass was painstakingly cut by hand and then also polished by hand until it gleamed like a diamond in the light.
Some people refer to rhinestones as Paste but this is not the case! Real antique Paste is a high quality and labour-intensive craft made centuries ago, and so it continues to be valued and highly collectible today.
This gorgeous brooch features 30 individually cut and hand-set Paste gemstones that sparkle beautifully in any lighting conditions. They really stand out from the darkened, aged patina of the Silver, and each Paste has been hand painted with a single black dot to the culet to resemble the inclusions one might find in an antique Diamond.
It looks stunning worn simple on a scarf or the lapel of a jacket, but would look equally great on a hand-bag or worn on a simple chain as a necklace.
If you're more adventurous this superb brooch pin would also make a spell-binding conversion to a necklace or a huge statement ring!
ERA: Georgian (1714-1837)
MEASUREMENTS: 23mm x 44mm
MATERIALS: Sterling Silver, Paste, metal pin most likely Steel for strength.
HALLMARKS: None present, tested as at least 900 Silver, possibly Sterling
This gorgeous antique brooch is in perfect antique condition. All of the paste stones are original and intact, all beautifully cut and chip free. We can see some light abrasions to the facet edges under x 10 magnification, but to the eye they are mesmerisingly beautiful. The stones are all secure and the pin works perfectly. A beautiful gift or new addition to your jewellery box.
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INCLUDED WITH YOUR ORDER:
This item will arrive beautifully gift wrapped in a Lillicoco presentation box, tied up with a pink ribbon. You’ll also receive a handwritten information booklet and free polishing cloth too!
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