Sometimes the craftsmanship was so superb that you couldn't tell the difference between a real diamond and a paste. Almost every gemstone under the sun has inspired paste jewelry and often paste jewelry was set with a metal base or "foil" to improve the color and luminosity of the glass - and this diamond paste bracelet is no different! The collet-set paste, tongue-in-groove clasp, and the diamond-like sparkle of the foiled cluster flowers is remarkable and make this an overall great piece to own.
Exceptional Paste and Sterling Silver Floral Cluster Bracelet
Paste is one of the most underrated types of jewelry out there today. It can be found all over the world, in different styles and settings, but the best paste pieces are just as beautiful as diamond or precious gemstone jewelry and are almost always a fraction of the cost.
Paste jewelry is a special type of flint glass that emulates a number of gemstones. The origins of Paste jewelry date back to the mid-18th century, to a jeweler named Georges Frederic Stras, who worked as a jeweler to the king when he moved from Strasbourg to Paris in 1724. Much of the beauty and appeal of antique Paste jewelry is that it was such a difficult and labor-intensive thing to produce. The special paste glass was cut and polished by hand so that it shone and glittered.
Materials and Features: paste, sterling silver
Age/Origin: c. 1860
Measurements: 7" wrist, 10mm in diameter, 20.3 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor age wear associated.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.