Victorian Gold-Filled "Champagne" French Paste Riviera Necklace
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 era (ca1880)! This elegant necklace is formed by a row sparkling French paste stones, each resting in a gold-filled setting. The French paste stones have a gorgeous golden champagne color and are beautifully faceted, catching the light perfectly and sparkling at every turn. The necklace fastens with a secure push clasp at the back, which is disguised within the final link. A stunning statement piece, it drapes beautifully at the neckline and would look spectacular worn on special occasions!
Measurements: The necklace measures 17" long. Each French paste stone measures 3/8" wide and tall, and is about 1/4" thick. The centermost stone is slightly larger, measuring 1/2" and tall.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold-filled setting or to the French paste stones, all of which are intact. The push clasp is secure and in good working condition.