Antique, Victorian Silver, black dot paste brooch, pin
A beautiful, antique Silver brooch featuring twenty-two paste stones mounted in an ornate setting.
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: 16.5 x 36mm
HALLMARKS: as above
DATE: Victorian (1837 to 1901)
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.