A beautiful antique necklace comprised of graduating deep cut pastes stones all foiled back each one secure their in closed back clawed in setting, closing with a push-in type clasp set with two tiny paste stones. This lovely jewel measures 15" or 15 1/2" to include the clasp, a pretty standard size for earlier jewelry. All the pastes are very bright and shiny, hand cut and polished and without darkening which can happen to closed back set stones, but not on any of these.
Originally I was having a hard time dating this piece because paste has been made for so many years. I thought it was more like 1836, but after further research on the setting, cut and quality of the paste and clasp this necklace does date earlier than I originally thought; in fact, I found two almost exact matches in this same setting with the same push-in box clasp but it was in silver and those necklaces were dated to 1760. The setting does look very much like smaller Queen Anne paste (you see in the last few photos the necklace next to an old Queen Anne earring for reference).
So, just as I thought, it is English in origin and I bought it from England anyway so I knew that and yes, it is a mid-18th century jewel dating to 1760 making it Queen Anne paste in the sense that it was produced then but not in the way that we think of Queen Anne paste being large stones. These are smaller graduating stones, early cut so that they offer a lot of refraction and good quality paste so that they sparkle like diamonds. I believe the metal is pinchbeck but it has not been tested.
English in origin, circa 1760s
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