So pleased to present this exquisite French Bell Epoque Diamond & Amethyst Paste Antique Necklace !
Circa 1890's, it features a large pear shaped rich purple Amethyst Paste ! This gorgeous purple paste measures 15mm by 12mm & dangles inside 2 teardrop frames studded with sparkling Diamond Pastes below a gracefully flowing Bow ! The Bow also has Diamond Pastes, as does its large bail.
From 1890's France, it is fully articulated for wonderful movement, its amazing pastes dazzle as they catch the light. Lots of sparkle with this stunning antique piece !
Paste stones are specially made glass with lead added so they'd take a polish well and add sparkle even more closely matching that of diamonds ! They are Not molded, but were all hand faceted by gem cutters, just the same as they faceted diamonds or sapphires....
The side of its paste studded bail has a French Boar's Head stamp. There is another impression of some sort on the other side of the bail, but it may not have been an intentional mark. I looks like multiple lines in a corner shape, with a sort of "Greek key" pattern within the lines. I've included a close up of it in case it is anything of note. The silver professionally tests as high silver content, most likely .900 silver. Total weight, including chain, is 11.60 grams.
In wonderful 100-years-plus condition with no chipped stones, although a couple of foils have darkened. The silver of both the pendant & chain have a fabulous deep age patina that really make it's sparkling pastes stand out !
A truly wonderful 19th Century French Belle Epoque piece for the Antique Jewelry Collector !
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GORGEOUS French Belle Epoque Diamond & Amethyst Paste Silver Antique Pendant Necklace - 1890's
$345 $520 SALE
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