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.
A fabulous French paste cross pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful piece is particularly large in size and adorns 7 sparkling open back French paste stones which are set in sterling silver. Each stone is prong set in a fancy curled prong setting and sparkles beautifully. It hangs from a sterling bail that has a faceted surface. A very special piece, this pendant would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The cross hangs 2 3/8" long, is 1 1/4" at its widest, and has a depth of a little less than 1/4". The bail has a length of 1/4" long.
Condition: The overall condition of this piece is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the sterling setting and the bail is secure and in good working condition. All of the paste stones are intact.