Antique, Georgian Silver, black dot paste & blue paste brooch, pin
A beautiful, antique Silver brooch featuring a central “cornflower blue” paste with twenty, white paste stones mounted in an ornate setting. Designed in a quatrefoil style with four fleur des lys sections in each corner.
Believed to be french in origin.
Complete with T-bar & overlocking C-clasp fitting.
Highly collectable, this lovely paste brooch has all of the original paste stones
Hallmarked: none – tested as silver
MEASUREMENTS: 23 x 25mm
HALLMARKS: as above
DATE: Georgian (1714 to 1830)
Antique Paste Jewellery
Paste is cut leaded glass that is faceted to resemble gems or precious stones. Often referred to as Strass (after Georges Frederic Strass), an 18th century Parisian jeweller. Strass became world famous for his paste jewellery after he was appointed jeweller to the King of France in 1734. He used a mixture of glass and lead that makes glass highly reflective and began mounting them in the most sumptuous of settings. The stones are coated with a metal coating or foiling, sometimes tinted, to make them even more brilliant and refractive.
The mid and later 18th Century was awash with paste and even Marie Antoinette wore it copiously.