Georgian era Green Paste Ring

Georgian era green paste ring. Closed set in 18k gold with foiling. English in origin. Circa 1820. 

Size 5.25, can be resized

Paste stones are made from highly refractive leaded glass but paste jewels were not considered counterfeit jewelry. It was made to achieve certain decorative effects which were rarely realized with diamonds and other precious stones.  In the absence of the high cost of materials, paste artisan skills were often developed and extended much further than those of diamond workers.  It is said at its peak of popularity, in Paris alone there were 300 jewelers specializing in paste Jewels.  At its best, antique paste is to be compared only with the finest jewelry for sheer artistry and craftsmanship.