So pleased to present this fabulous Victorian Paste Locket Pendant from the late Georgian period !
Its Clear Paste Stones of are all backed with Rich Reddish Pink Foils... Colored foiling is rare, but most common during the Georgian Era ! Small natural split Pearls are set all round the center Paste. I would estimate this Gorgeous Antique Locket to be circa 1810.
The total length including the bail is 2.15"...the center Paste is elevated & alone is 14mm by 9mm. All its clear pink-foiled pastes are crimped collet set in a fashion that gives them a stunning flower like look ! The Bail is a Double Bow design, with a pear shaped Pink Foiled Paste dangling at the bottom ! All paste stones have closed back mounts, and it is articulated between the bow, and the bottom dangle.
The clear glass panel in the hinged back of the locket is bevel edged & in fantastic condition !
Truly Exquisite, with a nice warm patina to the silver, which is just stunning in contrast with the Rich Pink-Foiled Pastes !
A terrific Deep locket space too, with plenty of room if you'd like it to hold a lock of hair---or even some small 3-dimensional keepsakes ! Small charms....or maybe dried flower petals ?! So many possibilities with such a roomy place to put something beautiful or precious to you !
Its sparkling Clear Pastes were hand faceted by professional gem cutters using the using the same method they used to cut gemstones like diamonds & rubies ! This becomes apparent it you note the small variation in depth & facets between these Pastes... Also, lead was added to their glass to make them easier to polish & provide even greater sparkle ! Easier to facet as well, being not as hard as gemstones on the Mohs scale. Antique pastes are wonderful, absolutely covet worthy -- and under-appreciated here in the US !
Truly a fine quality piece, with stones crisp & dazzling ! In VERY impressive antique condition. It is unmarked, with the silver professionally testing as minimum of .925 Sterling purity.
**Chain pictured not included.
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