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 wonderful French paste Riviera necklace from the Victorian era (ca1880)! This beautiful necklace is comprised of 41 faceted French paste stones which are set in a pinched bezel setting made of sterling silver. Hand cut and faceted, the stones graduate slightly size and are very white and sparkly. The stones rest in an open-back setting and connect to each other by rings at the top of the setting. At the back of the piece is the clasp which is hidden within one of the paste stones. It has a fabulous look when worn and would make any collection complete!
Measurements: The necklace measures 16.75" long. The French paste stones graduate in size with 4.75mm being the smallest to 6.75mm to the largest.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the silver and all of the stones are intact. The clasp is secure and in good working condition.