This beautiful and rare antique Victorian Paste Silver brooch was made in 1892 and we love the star motif, which is both versatile and collectible! It's set with 7 fully faceted Paste gemstones and has a lovely aged patina.
"Paste" is a form of leaded glass, invented in 1724 by French jeweller Georges Frédéric Strass. It was the painstakingly cut & polished with metal powder until it shimmered like a diamond in the light. Instantly it became a hit with high society- with the best examples fetching higher prices than diamonds and gold.
ERA: Victorian (1837-1901)
MEASUREMENTS: The brooch measures 33mm x 33mm
The Primary gemstone measures approximately 12mm in diameter and the surrounding secondary gemstones are 6mm in diameter.
MATERIALS: Sterling Silver, Paste
HALLMARKS: Lion Passant for Sterling Silver, Birmingham assay, Maker's Mark "SH", Date letter "S" - 1892.
The brooch is in good working order with a strong, sturdy clasp. All the Paste gemstones are original and intact, with the stones secured firmly in place. The Paste stones vary slightly in colour and you can tell that someone has really loved wearing this brooch in the past as one of the gemstones has taken on a smoother rounded surface as a result of the way the brooch has been worn over many years (or perhaps even decades)!
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