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! 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 deep pink 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. A stunning statement piece, it drapes beautifully at the neckline and would look spectacular worn on special occasions!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 17 1/2" long. The largest French paste stones at the center measures about 6.25mm in diameter and the smallest measures about 5mm in diameter.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is great. 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.