Georgian Silver, Solitaire black-dot Paste Stick pin, Circa 1820
A fine, classic antique stick pin featuring a solitaire, foil backed black-dot Paste stone mounted in a silver crimped mount on barley twist pin.
The Georgians loved paste jewellery, demand was high and prices soared. Black-dot paste is very collectable – this stickpin would be the equivalent in size of a 4.90ct diamond.
Would be a great conversion piece (email for more info)
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.
MEASUREMENTS: 11.7 x 66mm
WEIGHT: 2.5 grams
DATE: Georgian (1714-1830)