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 gorgeous French paste chain necklace from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! Crafted in .800 silver, this long, flowing necklace is comprised of sparkling French paste stones, separated by sections of delicate chain. The faceted stones are bezel set and rest in a smooth eyeglass setting, allowing the light to pass through and catch the facets beautifully with every turn. This slip-on style chain can be worn long or easily doubled, providing the wearer with plenty of options. Adding further versatility to the design, is a swivel watch clasp, which hangs from the center of the chain, perfect for adding a favorite pendant or charm. Beautiful and eye-catching, this necklace would make a wonderful piece to wear everyday or for special occasions!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 62" in total length. The swivel watch clasp hangs about 5/8" long, and measures 1/4" wide, and 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting. All of the French paste stones are intact and securely set. The watch swivel clasp is secure and in good working condition.