Georgian Era White Paste Necklace

Georgian era white paste necklace, in silver topped gold cutaway settings. Bight foiled paste equal in size. English in origin. Circa  1820.  

Measures 15.50" in length. Hidden push tab closure at back. Lays beautifully on the neck for such a delicate necklace.


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, the antique paste is to be compared only with the finest jewelry for sheer artistry and craftsmanship.