Antique, Georgian, French 18ct Gold and Silver blue and black-dot white paste, articulated bracelet, Circa 1780
An exquisite Antique, Georgian bracelet made with a central section featuring a cluster with a large ‘royal blue’ paste stone surrounded by 16 x white paste stones, mounted to a hinged decorative section on both sides tapering down to another hinged section, all beautifully mounted with glistening black-dot white paste, this central section is made in silver and gold and is connected to an 18carat gold curb link chain, complete with bolt ring clasp (bolt ring and safety chain are later additions and are both 9carat gold).
A rare beauty, this magnificent bracelet is in very good condition.
MEASUREMENTS: 6.75 ” / 17.5 cm long and 17mm wide
WEIGHT: 17.8 GRAMS
CONDITION: Very Good
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. Paste jewellery soared in popularity during the mid and later 18th Century, Marie Antoinette wore it copiously.