FRENCH FAITH, this is a GORGEOUS ANTIQUE FRENCH PASTE CROSS that I purchased from one of my favorite sellers in FRANCE. I was so EXCITED when I found this AMAZING CROSS! This CROSS dates to the GEORGIAN PERIOD ( 1714-1837). This is the ERA that covers the REIGN of 4 ENGLISH KINGS, 3 named George and 1 named WILLIAM. Even though the Name of the Period is English, derived from the English, the English alone were not responsible for influencing Jewelry Motifs alone during this time. French, Italian and German Historical Events also influenced Jewelry Designs also. This CROSS is a perfect Example of a VERY OLD HAND MADE CROSS which shows the ARTIST TOUCH, it has a RUSTIC ELEGANCE about it! It is a CHARMING bit of HISTORY that shows its True AGE in the way it is made. The CROSS is in BEAUTIFUL CONDITION with the normal Age Related Wear for a Piece of Jewelry this OLD! I have left the CROSS with the Original DARK PATINA as it was when I purchased it and will leave it to the buyer if they wish to polish it. The CROSS is Solid Silver and although not Hallmarked it Test for 800 Silver. It is not unusual to find Georgian Period Jewelry unmarked for Metal Content, Makers Mark because Assayers did not require this until the early 1900,s. The Victorian Period began when the Georgian Period ended. So the Victorian Period ended in 1910 so it would be around this time Hallmarking would have been required. PASTE STONES were very commonly used in Georgian Era Jewelry as an affordable alternative to Genuine Diamonds or Gemstones. The CROSS is completely enclosed in Solid Silver in the back of the CROSS. The are 5 LARGE FACETED PASTE STONES which are set in a HIGH BEZEL, not FLAT. The are 4 Round Paste with the 1 bottom Paste Stone being teardrop shaped. There are also 16 FACETED TINY PASTE surrounding the Larger Paste set in and around the LOVELY CURVING CURLY CUE ENDS in the Design of the CROSS. It must have taken forever to make all those CURLY CUES! A few of the TINY PASTE have become DARK but this in no way takes away from the BEAUTY of this CROSS. The CROSS PASTE are Foil Backed, a technique also commonly used in making Paste Jewelry which added a bit more Sparkle in this Romantic Era of Candlelight only! It was believed that by backing the PASTE with FOILS the PASTE would look more like Genuine Diamonds in the way they Sparkled. The enclosed Silver backing was done to protect the PASTE STONES from coming into contact with Water or Moisture of any kind which would have ruined the delicate Foil Backing of the Paste. The CROSS is a NICE SIZE measuring 2 inches high by 1,3/4 inches wide. The bottom Paste Piece of the CROSS is a separate Piece which also ARTICULATES. The Paste Piece has a LOOP BAIL which just hooks onto the CROSS. The PASTE are all ORIGINAL with a SUBTLE SHIMMER to them. This CROSS was LOVED and WORN by its OWNER so the Back of the CROSS has some Minor Denting as shown in the close up Photos. I have made a Necklace for this FRENCH TREASURE using ANTIQUE FRENCH CUT STEEL BEADS. I purchased a few Hanks of these and they had the original French Tags on them. This is an unusual color for ANTIQUE STEEL BEADS but actually these FRENCH STEEL BEADS came in many BEAUTIFUL COLORS and these were commonly used during the 1800,s to make the Most Lovely TINY FRENCH BEAD Evening Bags. I have used a Recast Sterling Silver Victorian Shepherds Hook with a Large Sterling Silver Hammered Oval Connector as the Clasp. The FRENCH BEADS are strung on Wire they is made of Multiple Strands of Steel Wire enclosed in a Clear Sheath. This is Very Strong Wire that will never break. The ends of the Wire have 6 Sterling Silver Wire Clamps with 6 Sterling Silver Clamp Bead Covers. The Wire Ends are strung through 2 Sterling Silver Wire Protectors which protect the ends of the Wire from rubbing and becoming worn. All these details make for a Well Made Necklace, made to last. The CROSS hangs from the Necklace with Sterling Silver Jump Rings. I have left all the Sterling Silver Connectors in there Shiny Polished Finish. All connecting Pieces are Sterling Silver and although not marked they Test for Sterling Silver. The inside Necklace length measures approximately 19 inches long and the total length of Necklace is 23,1/2 inches long. The CROSS can be purchased without the Necklace please email me for info on this or if you prefer I can also make a custom necklace to your specifications for the CROSS. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers. This is a TRUE ANTIQUE, a STUNNING FRENCH TREASURE that will make a BEAUTIFUL ADDITION to your Jewelry Collection! Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE!
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