This Georgian Paste brooch is one of the rarest designs we've come across so far at Lillicoco!
Set in a traditional cluster design inspired by the Maltese cross, the brooch is crafted in high purity Silver and the pretty Paste gems glimmer and shine like nothing else. Designed to draw the gaze in candle-light- their radiance is uniquely romantic!
The brooch looks like it was once an old Georgian button that was converted, although the conversion looks very early. (From the proportions of the pin it was probably done during the Georgian era too!)
If you look closely you'll see that each stone is unique, each with slightly different proportions. Each Paste has also been painted with a tiny black dot underneath to imitate the inclusions visible in the Diamonds available at the time.
It's easy to see why many Georgians prized Paste even more than Diamonds. The skill and craftsmanship of turning lowly glass into these intensely precious jewels required much toil and hard labour; hand-cutting and hand-polishing and hand-painting the glass until the facets shimmered like Diamonds.
Wear it as a brooch or a pendant, or thread onto a thick velvet ribbon for bags of stately allure!
It's a gorgeous and very versatile piece of history that would a welcome addition to any collectors jewellery box.
ERA: Georgian c.1830
MEASUREMENTS: The total size of the brooch measures 30mm x 30mm in diameter.
The Centre Paste measures 8mm in diameter,
The surrounding Pastes graduate from approx. 2.5mm to 4.5mm.
MATERIALS: Sterling Silver, Paste.
HALLMARKS: No hallmarks present, tested as Sterling Silver.
CONDITION: Very Good
This superb Georgian Paste brooch is in wonderful antique condition, ready to wear and enjoy! This is a rare and collectable piece of Paste jewellery with the most beautiful, radiant Paste gems. All of the Pastes are set securely and all have a wonderful bright sparkle, although the centre is noticeably darker and more worn. The Pastes vary from the subtle grey tones of natural antique Diamonds whilst the central Paste has a golden or apricot glow where some moisture has reached the foil backs. Nevertheless, they're some of the most gorgeous Paste we've seen! The pin works perfectly and is just as strong today as it would have been nearly 200 years ago!
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