Victorian Paste and Blue Glass Antique Brooch

This beautiful brooch is emblematic of Victorian elegance. 

Condition Report:

Very Good - A small scuff to the surface of the blue glass stone. This only visible on very close inspection and is consistent with age and use. 

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The Details...

This gilded metal (possibly silver gilt) brooch features a central blue glass oval cabochon surrounded by two halos of clear, round, hand cut paste stones. All of the pastes are faceted and claw set. The brooch fastens using a 'C' catch and the pin is fitted to the brooch with a later tube hinge fitting. The brooch measures 2.5cm x 2cm. 

A Short History...

Antique paste jewels are highly collectable and examples from the 18th and 19th centuries are especially sought after. This is because they're representative of the earliest days of costume jewellery development and are tokens that illustrate that nobility and royalty were beginning to accept imitation jewels. Indeed, in the 1700s, when George Fr√©d√©ric Strass marketed his 'false diamonds' to the French King and the Bourbon Court, paste jewellery became highly fashionable. This brooch is a lovely example of Victorian paste and, on close inspection with a magnifying glass, it's possible to see that the stones are hand-cut. Paste stones were created from as early as the second half of the 17th century, after the Englishman George Ravenscroft began developing lead crystal glass in 1676. The stones were made by finely pulverising the lead crystals, casting them in moulds and then polishing them. 

Wear it With...

Brooches are an exceptionally simple way to add instant vintage styling to any look and interest to plain materials. Pin this piece onto a hat, lapel, collar, cuff, scarf, sleeve, waistline or bag - wear alone or with a selection. 

  • Colour Gold, Diamante, Blue
  • Occasion Wedding Guest, Cocktail and Evening, Bridal, The Festive Season
  • Trend Floral, Edwardian Elegance