An extremely fine example of antique Edwardian jewellery, circa 1901, this brooch was crafted by hand from Silver and exceptional paste gemstones.
In 1724, French jeweller Georges Frédéric Strass invented “Paste,” a leaded glass that was the painstakingly cut & polished with metal powder until it appeared to shimmer like a diamond in the light. It was an instant hit with the trés chic Parisian high society.
The brooch has a wonderful aged patina which really accentuate those bright paste gems. They've been cut like old European Diamonds and sparkle with just as much fire. It has an attractive Edwardian design with a lace-like, open-work pattern and the craftsmanship to the reverse is really second to none.
It's by far one of the most beautiful pieces of antique paste jewellery we've ever seen!
Would look fabulous at the collar of a shirt or blouse, on a coat lapel and would be a fine specimen for any collector.
ERA: Edwardian (1901-1910)
MEASUREMENTS: Brooch measures 33m x 17mm. The central paste stone is 6mm in diameter.
MATERIALS: Paste, Silver
HALLMARKS: None present. Tests as Sterling Silver.
All of the paste stones in this brooch are intact and in excellent condition with no abrasions, scratches or chips. The Silver is also in excellent condition and has a lovely dark patina that accentuates the sparkliness of the stones. The barrel and pin clasp is in itself very rare to see in working condition as it is here, and thus is highly collectible. A lovely brooch throughout!
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