Victorian 10kt/Sterling French Paste Riviera Necklace 16"
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 sparkling gemstones or diamonds, but cost much less than using real stones.
An exquisite French paste Riviera necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Crafted in 10kt rose gold topped in sterling silver, this elegant piece features a row of slightly graduated French paste crystals. Each crystal rests in an open back multi-prong setting, which allows the light to pass through and catch the facets brilliantly at every turn, beautifully mimicking the look of real diamonds. Delicate cutouts wrap around the base of each crystal link, adding even more elegance to the design. The necklace drapes beautifully along the neckline and fastens in the back at a push clasp seamlessly hidden within the last two links. This wonderful necklace looks stunning when worn, and would be mesmerizing worn day or night!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 16" long. The largest French paste stone at the center measures about 7mm in diameter and the smallest measures about 4.5mm in diameter. Each link measures about 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the rose gold and sterling silver setting. All of the French paste crystals are intact and securely set. The push clasp is secure and in good working condition.