Early Victorian Sterling French Paste Cross Pendant
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French paste is a vintage jewelry term used to describe the practice of using faceted cut glass, cut in the shape of a real gemstone, instead of using gems. This process, which was developed in the 1700's, created the look of a sparkling gemstone or diamond but cost much less than real stones.
An absolutely fabulous French paste pendant from the Early Victorian (ca1850) era! This wonderful piece is fairly large in size and adorns 11 sparkling French paste stones which are set in sterling silver. Each stone is pinched bezel set and and very white and sparkly. The pendant has a closed back and the piece hangs from a simple sterling bail. A very special piece, this pendant would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurement: The cross hangs 1 3/4" long, is 1 1/8" at its widest, and has a depth of a little more than 1/8". The bail has an internal length of a little less than 1/4" long.
Condition: The overall condition of this piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear to the back sterling surface, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting and the bail is secure and in good working condition. All of the paste stones are intact.