Antique Georgian Diamond Paste Buckle Brooch
Delightful 19th century antique Georgian to Victorian diamond paste buckle brooch pin rendered in sterling silver. Large white diamond paste stones are inset in a curved sterling silver frame with the back closed by a c-clasp and hinged pin. Wear on a lapel, add a ribbon or chain and wear as a pendant....unlimited possibilities!
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: Diamond Paste
Measurements: 31mm wide and 20.5mm tall
Condition: In very good contain with no chips or nicks to the paste which are bright.