Victorian Gold-Filled Saphiret Glass + French Paste Heart Pendant Necklace 17"
Saphiret glass is a form of art glass dating back to the mid 1800s. Originating in Czechoslovakia, it consists of a hybrid of sapphire-colored glass and liquid gold. When combined, the two materials produce an unusual multi-colored appearance. Although the glass appears to be brownish-red in color, it emits a blue flash when caught in the light.
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 saphiret glass and French paste necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This romantic yellow gold-filled piece consists of a beautiful heart-shaped saphiret glass pendant hanging from a decorative chain. The translucent glass displays a smooth surface and exhibits a characteristic reddish brown color, which reveals an iridescent blue flash. The quality of the color play is difficult to capture in a photograph, but is quite striking in person! Surrounding the prong-set glass is a border of sparkling French paste stones, which pop with bright white color when caught in the light, similar to real diamonds! The pendant hangs from a lovely wirework link chain, which fastens in the back with a simple spring ring clasp, stamped with a "585" gold purity mark. A stunning and unusual piece, it would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The necklace measures 17" in total length. The pendant measures approximately 7/8" wide and tall, and is about 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold-filled setting and the gold spring ring clasp is secure and in good working condition. The saphiret glass and French paste stones are intact and securely set.