Victorian Sterling French Paste Riviera Necklace 15.75"
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 piece is formed by a row of sparkling French paste stones, each one resting in a sterling silver belcher setting. The sterling surface displays a natural darkened patina, and the faceted French paste crystals catch the light brilliantly with at every turn, similar to real diamonds. The necklace fastens with a push clasp and safety latch at the back, allowing it to drape beautifully along the neckline. This wonderful necklace looks stunning when worn, and is mesmerizing whether worn day or night!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 15.75" long. Each French paste stone measures about 1/4" in diameter, and is 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting or to the French paste stones, all of which are intact. The push clasp and safety latch are secure and in good working condition.