GRAND Vintage VIctorian Necklace with bookchain Paste brilliants Girandole drops
Extraordinary does not begin to describe this 100 year old piece with layers of genuine brilliant paste stones. . These paste stones were carefully hand cut and polished, just as the genuine stones of the time were. This is because early paste was not considered a cheap imitation, but rather an art form in its own right. The color of these paste stones is reminiscent of a clear starry night. Set into medallions ( large 1 ½) of layered filigree and lovely florettes these have open back dropped teardrops to set off these exquisite pendants. The book chains that holds these pieces is so very feminine and tiny and completely hand wrought. Glass paste foilbacked stones were made as inexpensive copies of the real thing to guard against theft by highwaymen. The early period called for the use of large stones set in an elaborate rococo style. Popular jewelry styles of the period were both elaborate and intricate, forming ornate arrangements such as 'chandelier' necklaces' with 'flowing river of diamonds, and multi-strand festoons or three-strand en esclavage necklaces ( Plaques joined by two or more parallel chains) forming swagged concentric rings. This necklace is an exquisite mosaic of sparkling elegance!. The larger ones are securely set in pinched collet settings, typical of the late Georgian Era. The length around the neck is 15 with an additional 3 ¼ drop at the center. These double book chains have smaller filigree ornamental florettes with matching paste sparkles in them. This is a rare one of a kind necklace that belongs in a museum and is quite a large and gorgeous piece. The clasp is a box slide in clasp. I have not replaced any stones and they are all original. The ones that are missing can be replaced and I will be glad to include ones that will suit it , or will replace them for you. I wanted to leave this in its original condition so you can make that decision when you purchase it. This has really good weight to it ( not sure of the metal). Lots of patina on the silver with appropriate age wear to the color.
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