Antique Georgian Black Dot Paste Amethyst Brooch
Exquisite design and workmanship come together in this antique Georgian black dot paste and natural amethyst brooch, circa 1830s. 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. A black dot was painted on the back so that in candlelight, the stones sparkled like diamonds. Each square stone is set in a closed back foil mount of silver with the amethyst having a 9K rose gold backing. A tubular hinge and c-clasp complete the piece along with a loop for a safety chain or in today's time, one could add a chain and wear as a pendant necklace. Exquisite!
- Materials: Silver, 9K rose gold
- Gemstones: Amethyst measuring 16mm by 12mm, black dot paste
- Measurements: 25.5mm wide by 23mm tall
- Condition: Lovingly cared for throughout the ages with one of the square black dot paste stones replaced many, many years ago with a round one. The rose gold back of the amethyst is crumpled but the stone remains chip free.