Georgian Silver Paste Pendant Flower Basket Tear Drop Old Cut Pastes

Crafting paste dates back to Ancient Roman times when makers wanted to imitate emeralds and lapis lazuli. It was in the Georgian Era though, the era in which this brilliant pendant was made, that paste’s popularity soared. Georges Frederic Strass was the brainchild behind high-quality paste. It was such an intriguing and valuable product, it was worn at court in both England and France, and could easily be mistaken for the real thing, as it glittered brilliantly in candle light. The finest jewelry establishments carried paste, certifying it as fashionable and beautiful.

This Georgian-era silver paste pendant was handcrafted in England around 1780. It showcases a drop bow and flower basket motif smothered in round faceted pastes, each hand cut to resemble a cushion cut diamond. This pendant measures 63 x 34 mm and weighs 10.8 grams. It bears no marks and has been acid tested.

The likes of Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth I, Madame du Barry, and King Charles III and IV were known for donning paste. The making of paste was artwork in its own right, and this pendant proves it.

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Item ID: PTA22752VA

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