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Sterling Silver Victorian Paste Cross Pendant c.1896

SKU: 1338
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This rare and beautiful Sterling Silver Victorian Paste cross pendant is a genuine antique and is dated for the year 1896. It also bears hallmarks for the English city of Birmingham, a well-renowned source of some of the finest jewellery made during the Victorian era.

This small decorative cross has been skillfully adorned with 11 individually cut and hand-set Paste gemstones that twinkle beautifully in the light. No matter the weather... rain or shine these pretty pastes are always lively and full of character!

Invented in 1724, true paste gemstones are crafted from a special type of leaded glass was painstakingly cut and then polished by hand with metal powder until it appeared to shimmer like a Diamond. It was an instant success with the chic upper classes of Parisian society and continues to be highly sought after today.

This dazzling cross is a fantastic quality piece. The white paste really stands out from the aged patina of the crimped Silver setting, so it really packs a punch in the sparkle stakes!

The pendant is a fairly modest size which makes it extremely versatile. It looks stunning worn on a simple Silver chain or velvet as a necklace. 

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 c1896

MEASUREMENTS: The Paste Cross itself measures 26mm wide by 37mm long, not including the bale
Weight: 3.9g

MATERIALS:  Paste, Sterling Silver

HALLMARKS:  Makers mark "JW", Lion passant, Date letter "w" for 1896, Anchor

This gorgeous antique paste cross is in good condition for its age. Dated 1896, all of the paste stones are original and beautifully cut like old antique Diamonds. The colour does vary ever so slightly on close inspection, but they have retained a beautiful and bright, Diamond-like appearance. There is some wear to the Pastes, as you might expect of a true Victorian piece, but nevertheless is is quite a beautiful thing to behold. Each of the Silver "beads" that decorate the sides are perfect.  (This is quite unusual as many of these beaded edge type pieces have lost or damaged beads). The hallmarks to the back are beautiful and certainly add a charm and grace to the piece if you ask us! It's a beautiful piece of history that's really easy to wear and enjoy. 


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This item will arrive beautifully gift wrapped in a Lillicoco presentation box, tied up with a pink ribbon. You’ll also receive a handwritten information booklet and free polishing cloth too!

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