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.
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.
We deliver all orders by courier with full tracking and insurance for your peace of mind. This item comes beautifully presented in a branded Lillicoco box and is securely padded and protected during transit.
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