This is one of my all time favorite Stuart Crystal jewels that I still have in my collection. It is a later Stuart crystal heart shaped pendant with gold foil under the crystal a braided or chained heart shape that was made in the foil, which is under the faceted crystal in a closed back silver setting. It measures almost an inch long and over 3/4" wide at the top. It has a bail on the back to wear as a pendant only.
I am including a 15" antique French silver and paste chain, which is set in unmarked but tested silver, European silver. I've had it for awhile so I do not remeber the grade, but 800 or better. There are 38 pastes which are pointed on the back and set in an open back Georgian collet style setting and it closes with a locking ring clasp, which looks to be a possible replacement. Because the necklace was handmade not all of the stones are the exact size but most are pretty close, a few near the back are smaller so I can't say if it wasn't originally a longer piece but this is how I bought it years ago. I'm not sure of the date of the chain, I believe it is late Georgian but with the open back setting it might be a little later. Because the pendant did not sit right on the chain a newer sterling s-shape connector has been added to hold the drop pendant so it lays flat when worn.
The condition of the pendant is good for being 300 years old but it's not perfect; there is some overall minor wear but no chips to the crystal, there is a tiny light scratch near the top which could polish out but it's only seen if closely inspected. There are some minors dents to the reverse which do not show when worn. The paste chain is also very nice and only shows minimal wear if examined with a loop, all consistent with age and previous use. The silver collets on the chain will shine up better if polished but I would only recommend a jeweler trained in antique jewelry do it.
So, the Stuart Crystal pendant is circa 1700 and is English in origin and Stuart Crystals will always being English, never will they be from another country because they were made originally for the Stuart monarchy. The paste and silver chain I had sent to me from France, so I do believe it is French in origin and circa, hmmm, I'm going to say 1800s.
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