Edwardian Paste Rivière Necklace
Paste jewellery dates back to 18th century France, when jeweller Georges Frederic Stras created a "paste" mixture to imitate diamonds. As it was nearly impossible to tell the difference between paste and the real thing, its popularity skyrocketed and in some instances cost more than the real thing. Glass might not sound like the most glamorous material but it required a serious level of craftmanship as each stone had to be skilfully cut and polished by hand.
DESCRIPTION: This rivière necklace features cascading clear and beautifully facetted stones set into a base brass coloured metal. The stones are strung from a golden brass belcher chain with a period brass barrel clasp.
HOW TO WEAR: It is important to make sure the stones are protected as they can chip if hit too hard. This necklace should also be removed during physical exercise or when using harsh chemicals as this can destroy the glass.
Condition: Excellent condition - Microscopic nibbles and chips to the glass stones but not noticeable unless searching. Chain and clasp secure.
Era: Edwardian ca. 1915
Necklace measures 42cm in length
The glass stones measure 11mm x 8mm
Materials: Glass, Base Metal