The Victorian Era was a high point for jewelry, not just for the quality of the pieces but also for the way the Victorians used them as meaningful symbols. The obsession with botany even in popular culture during the Victorian period translated into jewelry by way of floral motifs. All sorts of flowers were used designing brooches, lockets, rings, necklaces, and earrings to convey different sentiments. Forget-me-nots, for instance, were constant reminders to people in relationships about each other.
Paste jewelry is a special type of flint glass that emulates a number of gemstones. The origins of Paste jewelry date back to the mid-18th century, to a jeweler named Georges Frederic Stras, who worked as a jeweler to the king when he moved from Strasbourg to Paris in 1724. One of the most underrated types of jewelry out there today, paste can be found all over the world, in different styles and settings, but the best paste pieces are just as beautiful as diamond or precious gemstone jewelry and are almost always a fraction of the cost.
This stunning paste Riviere features blue enameling creating beautiful forget-me-nots with the accentuating white enamel in between and in the center of each flower. A pop of color for any neutral outfit and a lovely gift for that special someone, this is one playful piece that will fit into any style or collection.
Materials and Features: sterling silver, paste (blue and white)
Age/Origin: French, c. 1850
Measurements: 36.7 grams, 15"
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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