Edwardian 9k Amethyst Paste + Pearl Pendant and Chain
Paste jewelry became most popular in the 18th century as an alternative to the expensive gems so loved by the upper class. Georges Frederic Strasse, a French jeweler, developed the rhinestone called "strass." Using bismuth and thallium, he was able to make the glass "paste" more refractive and added metal salt to change colors.
A glorious Edwardian find, one would never suspect this sumptuous amethyst to, in fact, be paste! With all of the leafy, sensual details that we highly prize Edwardian jewels for, this delicate yet weighty lavalier is a perfect singular or layering piece.
Materials and Features: 9k gold, amethyst paste, pearl
Measurements: 6.5 grams, chain measures 15", pendant is 1" diameter
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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