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 1700s, created the look of a sparkling gemstone or diamond but cost much less than real stones.
A stunning French paste sunburst pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful piece is made of sterling silver and forms the shape of a beautiful sunburst, with twelve curvy rays that fan outwards from the center. The entire front surface of the sunburst is adorned with sparkling white French paste stones, with the largest stone resting in the center and the smaller stones lining each of the sun rays. The result is an incredibly bright piece that catches the light beautifully when worn. The back of the sunburst is stamped "STERLING" along with another word that is only partially visible and appears to read "INER." A jump ring at the top of the piece makes it easy to hang and wear from a chain. Both feminine and beautiful, this dazzling sunburst pendant would make a gorgeousaddition to any collection!
Measurements: The piece hangs 1 5/8" long, is 1 1/4" wide, and approximately 1/4" thick.
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.
**Paired with Item #36619 Early Victorian 18kt & Sterling Rose Cut Diamond Collar Necklace