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 stunning Vintage French paste flower pin from the 1940-50s era! Crafted in .850 silver, the lovely piece forms the shape of a beautiful flower with 18 scalloped petals forming the border. The entire surface of the pin is adorned with sparkling French paste stones, all of which are set within a pinched bezel setting, stacking towards the center, creating a fabulous 3-dimensional appeal. The stones are set in a closed back setting, creating a bright appearance that catches the light beautifully when worn and a large pin bar and clasp are attached on the back, making it easy to fasten to a favorite garment. Stamped on the back is "850" as well as the "triple crown" Swedish National Control Mark aside the letter "s," representing a minimum of .800 silver purity. Both feminine and beautiful, this sparkling flower pin would make a gorgeous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The piece measures 1 3/8" in diameter, and is a little less than 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting, and the clasp is secure and in good working condition. All of the French paste stones are intact and securely set. There is a natural patina on the surface of the silver, which is a normal characteristic of antique jewelry.