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 real 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 pin from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful piece is made of sterling silver and portrays the shape of a charming beetle. Set the back of the bug are 26 sparkling closed back French paste stones and 2 green stones represents its eyes. The large bug has slightly open wings and 6 bent legs that peek out from underneath. The pin has a wonderful 3-dimensional look with lovely carved detail throughout. On the back of the piece is a c-catch pin clasp and the belly is stamped "STERLING". It's a fabulous and fun piece for any collector!
Measurements: The paste pin measures 1" at the widest point, 3/4" at the tallest point and is 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or paste stones and the pin clasp is secure and in good working condition.