Edwardian Sterling French Paste "Sapphire + Diamond" Bracelet
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 beautiful French Paste bracelet from the Edwardian (ca1910s) era! This lovely piece is crafted in sterling silver and comprised of an alternating design of French paste stones made to look like sapphires and diamonds. The pattern consists of one large vibrant blue paste stone which is followed by two clear paste stones, coming together to form a dramatic, sparkling design. All of the stones are round in shape and bezel set in a milgrained setting and the "sapphires" have an open back while the "diamonds" are closed back. The light catches each stone perfectly, giving the bracelet a wonderful sparkling appearance and an ornate etched design can be seen from the sides. The French paste bracelet meets at a sterling push clasp which is seamlessly incorporated into the design, hidden beneath one of the blue paste stones and there is a small touch mark on the tongue of the clasp. A timelessly beautiful design, the bracelet would look wonderful worn everyday or on special occasions!
Measurements: The bracelet measures approximately 6 7/8" long, is 3/8" at the widest point and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the French paste stones or to the sterling silver setting and the clasp is secure and in good working condition.