Cherished Antique French Paste Cross Pendant
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Wonderfully collectable, Paste jewellery is immensely interesting. At the height of their popularity they were seen as fantastic gems in their own right and not just as Diamond substitutes as they tend to be now. Each piece was entirely craftsman made by hand from the cutting of each individual gem to the neatly beaded finishing of the cut down silver collets. The Pastes themselves are set with foiled backs and have the characteristic 'black dot' at their centre and are quirkily shaped with sweet little pear-cut stones at the terminals, all in Silver. We believe this piece to be French in origin and known as a devote, as it is in the style of 'Croix Jeannette from Arles.
The whole measures 4.5cms lengthwise and 3cms across.