Victorian Large Silver & French Paste Crescent Pin
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.
An incredible French paste crescent pin from the Victorian era (ca1880)! Made of silver, this gorgeous piece depicts a large crescent moon that is encrusted with over four dozen sparkling French paste stones. The graduating crystals vary in size, with the largest stones resting in the center and the smaller stones decorating the edges and tips. Some of the crystals are prong set, while others are bead set or rest within decorative diamond-shaped settings, creating a intricate cutout appearance throughout. The light catches the faceted stones perfectly, delivering a spectacular sparkle! On the back of the piece is a bar pin clasp with a "c" catch, allowing it to be easily and securely fastened to a favorite garment. This celestial piece is positively breathtaking and would look stunning worn day or night!
Measurements: The crescent pin measures 2" tall and wide, and is approximately 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or French paste stones, all of which are intact. The pin clasp is secure and in good working condition.