Georgian Sterling Silver Black Dot Fench Paste Pendant Necklace
Black dot French paste stones have a small black dot painted on the bottom of their culet, the point at the bottom of a cut stone. The black dot can be from either paint or an adhesive used in setting the stone. The presence of this dot gives the illusion of a deeper stone and is common in Georgian era paste jewelry.
A lovely example of Georgian (ca1830s) era paste jewelry, this wonderful piece is comprised of a feminine French paste pendant that hangs from a complementary chain. The pendant, which is crafted in sterling silver, features a pear-shaped black dot paste stone surrounded by a wonderful cluster of ten additional stones. The sparkling French paste is nestled into a lovely teardrop-shaped closed-back setting and hangs from a 14kt yellow gold ring at the top. The pendant dangles from a fine sterling silver chain stamped "925" on its spring ring and together, the pair creates a stunning appeal. This sweet pendant necklace would be a wonderful addition to any everyday collection.
Measurements: The silver and paste pendant hangs approximately 3/4" including the bail, and measures slightly less than 1/2" at its widest point and 1/4" deep. The sterling chain measures 16" long.
Condition: The pendant necklace remains in very good antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting or to the black dot French paste stones, which are all securely set. There is evidence of a previous bail repair but this does not negatively impact the integrity of the piece. The chain and its securing spring ring are in excellent working condition. There is a natural patina that gives a darkened appearance to the silver setting, which is normal for antique jewelry and adds to its unique appearance and character.