This superb Silver Paste heart pendant is a genuine Victorian piece, circa 1900.
“Paste” or "Strass" is a special kind of flint glass invented in 1724. It was cut & polished by hand with pain-staking skill until it appeared to shimmer like Diamonds in the light, and was an instant hit with the high society! It really is a charming and beautiful material, and as such continues to be highly coveted to this day.
This pretty little heart has been embellished with 18 individually cut and hand-set Paste gemstones, and they twinkle beautifully! The Silver setting has darkened slightly with age which gives the paste gemstones a lovely contrast to shine out from.
As antique Paste hearts go this one is quite large and looks stunning worn on a simple Silver chain or velvet as a necklace. It could also be fitted to a cherished charm bracelet.
A unique and memorable romantic gift, or perhaps even a wedding gift?
The Silver chain pictured is not included, but we have a selection of lengths available. Simply get in touch for more information or add one to your cart.
ERA: Victorian (1837-1901)
MEASUREMENTS: 21mm tall (not inc. bale) x 18mm across x 8mm deep.
The Pastes measure 3.5mm in diameter.
MATERIALS: Silver, Paste.
HALLMARKS: None present. Tested as Sterling Silver.
EXCELLENT: This gorgeous antique heart is in perfect antique condition. All of the Paste stones are original and are secure in their settings and chip-free. Unlike a lot of antique pastes have retained a beautiful Diamond-like appearance. As you might expect of a 200 year old piece of jewellery there are some light signs of wear on the facet edges with a x10 magnification loupe, but to the eye they are simply a beautiful thing to behold! It will make a very thoughtful gift or new addition to your jewellery box.