Antique, Victorian Sterling Silver, black dot paste double drop lavaliere necklace, Circa 1860
Beautiful French?, Silver necklace featuring a silver chain connected to an oval, paste mounted section with two black dot paste drops.
The two drops feature a 7.3mm (partly foil backed) paste stone mounted in a claw setting.
Highly collectable, this lovely paste necklace has all of the original paste stones.
Hallmarked: undecipherable (tested as sterling silver)
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: length 16″ with a drop of 1.5″
HALLMARKS: as above
CONDITION: Good, the paste are bright and clear!
DATE: Victorian (1837 to 1901)