This exceptional Georgian black dot 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!
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.
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
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.