Antique Silver Enamel Diamond Paste Buckle Brooch
Lovely antique Victorian sterling silver diamond paste enamel brooch pin takes on the shape of a buckle. Paste stones are inset in a curved sterling silver frame and alternate with curved sections of cobalt blue enamel. The back is 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: 1 3/4 inches wide and 1 1/4 inches tall
- Weight: 8.9 grams
- Hallmarks: NA
- Date: Circa 1890s
- Condition: In very good contain with no chips or nicks to the enamel and all paste stones present. Lovely antique pin!