We are truly honoured to have this rare 19" Georgian Pinchbeck Emerald Paste riviere necklace in our collection. Complete with a fitted velvet box, she is the most regal riviere you will ever lay eyes upon. The ultimate statement piece to drape across your neck, onlookers are certain to turn green with envy!
Mimicking the hue of Colombian Emeralds, this antique necklace is composed of 28 striking Emerald green Paste stones. Antique Paste is a special type of high-lead content glass that was made and polished by hand. It was first invented in 1701 by Georges Frédéric Strass, whose work was in great demand at the court of King Louis XV of France!
Each stone is encased within pretty Pinchbeck settings, possessing a brightly saturated hue that really makes the gorgeous green sing. A highly collectible metal, Pinchbeck was first created as a more affordable alternative to Gold during the 18th Century. Wonderfully emulating the appearance of high carat Gold, Pinchbeck is incredibly rare and sought after for its brilliance! Steeped in history, you will never find a necklace as exquisite as this beauty.
ERA: Georgian c.1810-1820.
MEASUREMENTS: Necklace is 19" or 48.5cm long.
28x Emerald Paste stones graduate from 9mm long x 7.5mm wide, to 15mm long x 10.5mm wide.
Weight: Necklace is 50.3g.
MATERIALS: Pinchbeck, Emerald Paste.
HALLMARKS: Tests as Pinchbeck throughout.
VERY GOOD. This rare 19" Georgian Pinchbeck Emerald Paste riviere necklace is in very good antique condition. We just cannot believe how old she is! Of course, something so rare and over 200 years old is not ideal for everyday wear. We recommend that you keep this precious piece away from moisture, chemicals and perfume to ensure she is kept looking her best for future generations. Each Paste stone is securely set and free from any major damage to note, and the intricately engraved Pinchbeck settings have also kept well. There is some minor wear to note throughout, but this is commensurate with an item of her age. Whilst she does boast an original clasp, which is in fine working order, there is a small repair to a connecting link, 3 stones along from the tongue edge of clasp. Resting inside a gorgeous tawny-toned fitted velvet box, in a hard leather case, this necklace will be kept safe and sound when she's not being worn. We believe this case is a lovely Victorian addition rather than Georgian, but it seems like the necklace and box have been married together for quite some time!