Replicating the brilliance of diamonds often at a fraction of the cost, paste became hugely popular in Georgian jewelry. These weren't just cheap diamond imitations, don't get it twisted!
Being more malleable than tough diamonds, jewelers could do imaginative and intricate things with paste that they couldn't have pulled off with diamonds, all while sparkling just as brightly. Often, paste gems were set using a method called 'foiling', where they are backed in foil or colored foil to add depth, shine, or color to the clear glass.
Featuring a paste halo, this stunningly bold ring was once a lace pin - formerly used to hold handkerchiefs and other drapery worn by women - and is now the loudest and proudest in your ring collection!
Materials and Features: sterling silver, foiled paste
Age/Origin: Georgian, c. 1810 (top), set on a Victorian Revival band c. 1880
Measurements: Size 9, 5.75 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear. Modern casting.
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