Antique French Georgian Amethyst Paste Rivière Necklace
An extraordinary 18th century (1790s) French rivière necklace, crafted in sterling silver, glistens with beautifully hand cut amethyst paste stones. Each high-quality purple paste stone is set in a cupped sterling frame with the necklace closed by a slide clasp and added safety chain. The slide clasp bears small French touch marks. A truly regal, romantic and ravishing, original Georgian-era treasure.
Paste was an art form in which stones that were much harder than glass, were hand cut, polished and set in the same manner as precious gemstones. In the middle of the 19th century, paste stones were used to simulate diamonds making jewelry more affordable to the laboring class. This brooch could possibly have started its life as a Georgian shoe buckle. Being ever resourceful, the buckles were often turned into pins to extend their longevity.
- Materials: Sterling Silver
- Gemstones: Amethyst Paste
- Measurements: 15 inches long with each crystal roughly 8mm