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Antique Georgian French Paste Silver Pendant

$4,400

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This is the finest example of a French Provincial Snowflake Wedding Cross I have seen, and I have seen many. At its finest, antique paste jewelry was made treating pastes like gemstones. This was a venerated art form, its beauty and workmanship admired and collected by royalty and the wealthy for its beauty, not as an imitation. Note the fineness of the silver design, like a snowflake in its delicacy. Turn the cross over. Old paste is entirely made by hand. Each section that holds a stone is round and smooth. Worn backwards, it would still be beautiful. The pastes have been expertly set. No element of deterioration has occurred. Each stone is underlined with a thin foil of metal to enhance capturing candle glow. The stones are varied cuts and different sizes. Work like this on paste was rarely given to individual stones in the 20th century other than perhaps French Art Deco pieces. This is a case of the more you know, the more you will appreciate, even love. This is a museum quality example called the French Croix de Saint Lo. Marvelous Condition

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