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Georgian White Paste Floral Rivière Necklace

Georgian White Paste Floral Rivière Necklace



DATE: Georgian, c.1800

A stunning Gerogian paste rivière necklace dating from the early 19th century, circa 1800. The links are modelled after flowers, each one set with nine glittering white old cut paste gemstones, and meeting at a glorious daisy centrepiece. The stones have survived remarkably well, remaining bright and clear over the original foiled back settings. Beautifully made and it sits perfectly, hugging the base of the neck just above the collarbones.

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries paste gems could command as much (if not more) than natural gemstones, on account of the technology being so new and that the stones could be the "ideal" colour and completely clear and free from inclusions. The medium is usually a highly polished leaded glass, with minute amounts of certain metal oxides added to give colour – the technique was perfected by Georges Frédéric Strass in 1724.


White Paste Gemstones 


Wearable length: 15 inches

Width of links: 11.6mm

Centrepiece: 3.7 x 1.5cm




No marks present, tests as silver


Very good, one stone missing which we will replace