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Paste, according to
Antique Paste Jewellery by Malcolm David Samuel Lewis, is "glass which has been cut into gem-like forms". Pastes were used extensively from the 1700s to the early 1900s and were a desired material in themselves, not a replacement for diamonds and gem stones. Invented by Georges Frederic Strass (1701-1773) in 1730, they could be set in silver, sterling or gold and could have been foiled or unfoiled (although 18th century paste was always foiled). Foiled pastes were usually seen in closed-backed settings where the foil provided added reflection and brilliance. Pastes could be much more readily cut and shaped than diamonds, making a close-fitting pave look achievable, and a variety of shaped and sized stones makes a paste piece more desirable. Perfectly round stones will not be found in the early and best paste jewelry, nor will claw settings and knife-edge work. Cut down settings gave way to the coronet setting only in the 19th century. Paste could be fashioned in different colors, including an opaline cabochon similar to opals. Most paste came from France, England, Spain or Portugal. Some later pieces were hallmarked.

The introduction of paste in 1730 made the term "Age of Paste" applicable to the 18th century and their shimmer is as appealing today as it was when they were made. According to
Antique Paste Jewellery, paste was only made from circa 1700-1865 but the term has been more generalized to include pieces up to the 1930-40s, and for some it is used to describe jewelry even later than that. But beware... paste has been reproduced for many years and it can be extremely difficult to distinguish old from new. Findings may also be replacements so it is good, as always, to do your research (references below) and buy from a reputable dealer.
 

 

PASTE early clear rhinestones monkey on a bar pin with coral ends, silver hallmark on the back, 7/8" by 1-1/3" circa 1900.   View   #Q32444

   CLEAR "SCP England" sterling silver and paste flower pin, articulated in three sections so it has nice movement when worn. It has a safety closure mechanism and is in excellent condition.   View   View   #Y28704

STERLING silver and paste brooch, a fish with a green eye, elongated c-catch, probably European, 3-1/3".   View  #Y24352

 

CLEAR rhinestone paste dangle earrings with screw backs, circa 1920, 3".   #Y32764 STERLING  and paste floral brooch with Georgian-style cut down setting on the larger stones, marked "sterling silver" on the back, circa 1920, 2-1/3".   View  #Y32779    SILVER girandole clear rhinestone paste screw back earrings, 2-1/2".   View   #Y26224      

 

PASTE star brooch with maker's mark "SCP" and "England", 1-1/2". I have heard that the Ciro Company made jewelry with this mark for the English market, but haven't found documentation that proves this yet..  View   View   #V35928 STERLING and paste brooch, Cartier style, with molded glass beads and leaves and clear rhinestones, 2-1/4".   View   #Q35358 RF STERLING Halley's comet pin with clear paste rhinestones, 2-1/2", signed on the back.   View   #Q35349

 

PASTE pendant with jade center in teardrop silver setting with bow top, marked "800" on the back, circa 1920, 1-5/8" total length.   View   #Q33017 PASTE bracelet, hinged at one side with "patent 17119" on safety catch, original box "Poile & Smith from Pickett's Court Jewellers, 620 Oxford St. W.", bracelet 7" by 1/4".   View   View   View   View   View   #Q33007 DECO clear paste earrings circa 1925 with new wires, earrings 1-1/3" total length 2".   View   #Q32988

 

  PASTE and sterling ring set in it's original original box with 5 paste unfoiled stones that slip into the setting interchangeably, creating 5 different rings in red, aqua, purple, green and yellow, complete with instructions. The ring is a size 8 and runs 1/2" along the finger, the box is 4" by 1-3/4" wide and 1-1/4" deep. The slip with instructions and the box it is all in are both original   View   View   View   View   View   View   View   View   View   View   View   #Q35501  

 

 

PASTE and sterling silver swallow brooch set in heavy silver setting, marked "925" on the back, 2-1/2".    View   #V33727

PASTE and artificial pearl hinged bangle with lovely fleur-de-lis design on both sides, safety chain, 6-2/3" by 1/4".   View  #V33683

PASTE earrings with green and clear stones, earrings 1-1/4" by 5/8".   View   #Q34050

 

 

PASTE green and clear bow pin set in sterling and marked "935", 2-1/8".  View   View   #Q63854

VICTORIAN gilt photo pendant set with clear pastes, with photo compartment, circa 1900, locket 1" and loop 1/3".  View   #V35749

PASTE French paste dog pin with green collar set in sterling, marked on the back "Bank France" and an illegible hallmark, 1-5/8".     View   View   #Q63836 

 

 

RING with green and clear pastes set in 9 carat yellow gold band and silver setting, marked inside the band, " 9ct & sil", size 5/16" by 1/3" top, weight .06 ozs.   #Q37980

KNOLL & Pregizer German sterling silver and clear paste Deco style bow pin in box with the marks "935 KP" on the back, 2" by 1/2". I believe this was made circa 1930s, and it came to me in a vintage box, but it may not be one that was original to the piece.  View   View   View   View   #Q37938

 

 

PASTE 1920s red paste and marcasite silver bow pin in maroon box, brooch 1-7/8", box 2-3/4" by 1-1/2".   View   View   View   #Q36530 DECO 1920s half pearls and marcasite ring set in gold and silver, size 6 and 3/4" along the finger.   View   View   #V36556  DECO Sydney Latimer boxed paste purplish-red glass stones bar pin and ring in 9ct over sterling, the set in it's original box, pin 2-1/4", ring size 7-1/4, stone 3/16" .  View   View   View   View   View   View   #Q36219

 

PASTE locket with clear oval sides and bow top, hinged on the back to open easily, marked "935" on back, circa 1900, 1-5/8" by 1" on original 16" chain marked "silver" on the catch, circa 1920.   View   View   #Q33008     BASKET pin with pink, aqua, blue and purple pastes and marcasites, European 800 silver circa 1900, 1-1/2". Sometimes called "giardinetti" or little gardens.   View   #Q33105  EDWARDIAN sterling silver and paste photo locket with bow top, marked on back 925 and an illegible hallmark, circa 1900, two-sided, 1-5/8" total length by 1-1/8" wide. Lockets like this can be seen in Benjamin's "Antique Jewellery" on page 70.  View   View   #V32192

 

 
RING 9ct and silver clear paste ring size 7-1/2" and 5/8" long at the front as it lays on the finger. Marked inside "9ct & sil", early 1900s.     View   View   View   #G33515 PASTE locket pendant with bow top, clear rhinestones and silver chain, bowed glass front, locket total length 3" by 1-5/8" wide, chain 17". This is larger than the usual paste locket and will hold a nice sized photograph or two.   View   View   #V34075 RING 9 ct yellow gold band ring with green and clear pastes set in sterling top, size 9+ marked "9ct & sil", early 1900s, lays on the finger 3/4" long.   View   View   #G33516

 

STERLING paste set in sterling silver necklace with knife-edge links, marked "925" with an illegible maker's mark, circa 1910, 2-1/8" drop on a 14" chain.   View   View   #Y32923

DECO lavaliere with clear pastes and green cabochons, sterling 1-2/3" pendant on silver 16" chain, circa 1910.   #Q28134 
The photo is a lady with BOBBED hairdo wearing a paste bow pendant.   View

PASTE pendant with white sapphire center stone surrounded by red pastes, bow top, set in at least 800 silver, circa 1910, 1-1/2" pendant on original 17" chain, illegible hallmark on the loop.   View   #Q33009  

 

   PASTE pendant with bow, leaves and flowers motif. It is made with marcasites and clear rhinestones set in silver tone and the wearable length 21" with a 1-5/8" by 1" pendant. The bottom teardrop-shaped element is separate so it swings as you move. Even the reverse side is beautifully made on this necklace.  View   #Q37702

  PASTE pansy or violet pin set with purple unfoiled rhinestones petals in sterling with clear paste accents and a real pearl center , 1". It is marked on the back with just the word "sterling".   View   #Q37704

    PASTE pendant with clear rhinestones set in silver tone with an applied gold tone arrow, wearable length 19" with a 1-1/2" pendant.  View   #Q37703

 

  BOW topped clear paste pendant necklace with purple paste center and bow top, set in silver tone, pendant 1-3/4" long, chain 16".   View   View   View   #Q37395

  MARCASITE and blue paste bracelet set in sterling silver, marked "935" for 935/1000 sterling, 7-1/4" by 5/8" at the widest.   View   View   #Q37396

 VICTORIAN 9ct gold and clear paste dangle earrings, 1" without the hooks, 1-1/3" total length, tests 10k. These are marked "patent" with numbers on the back  View   View   #V37475

 

     PASTE dangle pierced earrings, silver and pastes with gold kidney wires, circa 1900 European, 1-5/8". The larger center stones have the black dot in the bottom of each and each earrings is marked with a lightly struck "sil" on the back. A similar piece can be seen in Deanna Cera's book, "Jewels of Fantasy" on page 45, where she dates it to 1910. Note the similar shepherd's hook findings.     View   View   #V29908

GA ITALY sterling and paste (clear rhinestone) butterfly pin with red eyes, beautifully made, 2-1/3".  View   View   View  #X7080

 SILVER and paste dangle pierced earrings, marked "800" in tiny letters on the back, 2-1/4".  View   View   #Q29844  

 

 
PASTE hinged bangle with clear pastes set in silver tone, bangle 6-5/8" wearable size and with it's safety chain. The stones are brilliant and cut with a smaller than usual top surface in the older style and although some wear is visible on some of the stones, it is only visible under 5x magnification and not with the naked eye.    View   #V37279

PASTE ring set in sterling silver with a 9 karat yellow gold shank and including it's box, size 7-3/4 and 1/2" along the finger.  View   View   #Q36233 

PASTE bracelet with clear and dark blue rhinestones, marked "935", really nice quality, one tiny blue stone missing where it is almost impossible to see, 7" by 1/3". This is one of the nicest paste bracelets I have ever seen, a real quality piece.  View   View   View   View   #V36311

 

PASTE sterling star paste pendant, French sterling hallmark and "925" on the back, 1-1/8" pendant and a 1/2" loop.   View   View   #Q33323 PASTE French miniature brooch, portrait in black and white on ivory set with clear pastes in silver with safety chain, 1-1/3" by 1". She wears a powdered wig with flowers in her hair and on her bodice, great detail.   View   #Q33328 PASTE Deco silver pendant with clear and blue pastes set in silver with a gilt back, 1-1/3" with a 1/2" loop.   View   #Q33324

 

  VICTORIAN hair brooch, ornate silver setting with pastes, palette work hair curls and seed pearls, 1-1/2".  This is an unusual setting for a hair piece.  View   #V27578     STERLING and rhinestone moth brooch with cabochon body.   View   #Y20812

CLEAR rhinestone flower earrings with artificial pearl centers, all set in silver tone, probably European, circa 1930, 1".   View   #Y32289

 

PASTE bird pendant with pearl drop, 16-1/3" with 1-1/4" wide bird, marked 925 on the back and the clasp, boxed.   View   View   View   #Q34518    VICTORIAN paste and gray pearl butterfly brooch set in gold in original box, 2".   View   View   View   #V34679 GREEN and clear paste teardrop pendant set in sterling, 1-1/3" pendant on a sterling 16" chain.   View   #V34731

 

 

 

PASTE silver and paste swallow pin circa 1900, professionally replaced pin back, 2".   View   #V33785

PASTE Deco brooch with blue and clear stones set in sterling, marked "935" on the back along with illegible hallmarks, 1-3/4" wide, boxed "F.W. Gibson Son Co. Ltd, Newbury, goldsmiths, jewellers, opticians" but I do not know that this was it's original box.   View   View   View   View   #V34325

PASTE dangle earrings with red, blue and green glass cabochons, 2-3/4".    View   #Q35252

 

EDWARDIAN silver brooch with pink and green pastes and marcasites, 1-1/4".   View   #Q32999 VICTORIAN cabinet card of a lady wearing a lovely paste parure, 4-1/4" by 6-1/2". Photographer was W. Forshaw, 57 St. Giles, Oxford, England.  View   #Vnph2    STERLING and paste lavaliere with red cabochon and clear rhinestones, marked "sterling" on the back, 1-1/2" pendant on an 18" sterling chain.   View   #Q29659

 

PASTE pendant with pastel blue oval center stone and clear pastes surround, chain clasp mark illegible (830?), chain 14" and pendant 2",. There are tiny chips on the blue stone, visible only under 10k magnification .   View   #Q35303 VICTORIAN sterling and paste starburst brooch in box, brooch 5" by 2-5/8". The pastes are set in silver tone and the entire back of the brooch is gold washed.   View   View   View   #V35370 VICTORIAN paste pendant on sterling chain with clear pastes and artificial pearls circa 1900, 18" chain and 1-3/4" pendant.  View     #V35325  

 

    STERLING and clear rhinestone filigree bar pin marked "sterling" on the back, 2-1/2".  View   #Q26215

  STERLING and clear rhinestone filigree bar pin marked "sterling" on the back, 2-1/2".  View   #Q26216

     STERLING and clear rhinestone filigree bar pin marked "sterling" on the back, 2-1/2".  View   #Q26217

 

   BASKET Germany sterling and paste rhinestone basket brooch, marked on the back "Germany Sterling", 1-1/2". Sometimes called "giardinetti", or little gardens.   View    #V26747

BASKET pins showing size comparison.   View   View

   BASKET silver and paste rhinestone basket brooch, marked on the back "900", 1-1/3". Sometimes called "giardinetti", or little gardens.   View   #V26748


   BASKET brooch with multi-colored paste stones set in sterling, marked on the back "900", 1-1/4". Sometimes called "giardinetti", or little gardens.   View   #V20918

    BASKET brooch with red, green and blue paste rhinestones set in sterling, 1-5/8".   View   #V20917 

BASKET brooch with multi-colored paste stones set in sterling, mark on the back is illegible, 2-1/3". Sometimes called "giardinetti", or little gardens.  View   #V20919

 

BASKET brooch with multi-colored rhinestones set in sterling, 1-1/2". Sometimes called "giardinetti", or little gardens.   View   #V20920 

EDWARDIAN clear, green and purple paste rhinestones set in silver basket pendant with artificial pearl drop, 2" pendant on 15" sterling chain.   View   View   #V31324

PASTE basket brooch with pink, orange, purple, blue and green stones set in silver tone, 1-5/8". These pins are sometimes called "giardinetti", or little gardens.   View   #Q33519

 

PASTE clear stones basket pendant necklace with leaves atop, 1-3/4" pendant on a 17" chain, hallmarked but illegible.   View   #Q33562  CLEAR  rhinestones set in silver tone basket brooch with European trombone catch, 2-5/8" by 1-1/4".   View    View   #Y29741  STERLING necklace with clear rhinestone florets and dangles, sterling mark and illegible maker's mark on the back of one drop, 18" by 2" front drop .   View   View   #Y29276

 

 
EDWARDIAN yellow gold filled and paste necklace, pink and green pastes (rhinestones) and seed pearls, maker's mark "T+H", 16" wearable length with a 2" front drop, circa 1900.    View   View   #Q33341  PASTE pendant in suffragette colors with white enamel, purple and green stones and a pearl drop, 15-1/2" with 1-1/2" pendant. The chain is marked "800" for European silver.  View   #Q33716 VICTORIAN necklace with a purple paste center, aqua glass and seed pearls, lovely fashioned chain portion, 18" length with a 1-1/2" front drop.   View   View   View   #V33256 

 

VICTORIAN paste brooch with clear, rose and green pastes, hook on back, silver tone setting with light gold wash, 1-1/2" by 1-1/4". Each stone has a flat bottom cutlet.  View   View   View   View   #V34587

STERLING and clear rhinestones 17" necklace and 1" earrings circa 1920.   View   View #Y24881 

VICTORIAN black dot clear paste stones pendant, wear and chips on stones can be seen under 10x magnification, 2" total length by 1" wide. Each stone is cut in a slightly different way because they were all done by hand.   View   View   #V34579 

 

VICTORIAN (clear rhinestones) bow brooch, 2" by 1-1/2", bowed in the middle for a scarf to slip through.   View   View   #V34764  PASTE earrings with clear pastes and green Peking glass Asian figures set in silver tone, total length 2-3/4".   View   #V34730 VICTORIAN paste pendant on sterling chain with clear pastes and artificial pearls circa 1900, 18" chain and 1-3/4" pendant.  View     #V35325  

 

    

GREEN and clear paste necklace set in silver tone metal, can also be worn as a brooch, pendant marked "925", chain is 17" and has a spring loaded catch, never seen before by me, and the pendant itself is 2-1/2" by 2".  View   View   View   View   #Q37939

FRENCH paste 14-1/2" necklace in silver washed brass, 14-1/2" with slight finish wear   View   View #Y24880

  PASTE salamander brooch with green and clear rhinestones set in silver marked "800", 2-3/4", slight dent on the back. A similar piece can be seen in Deanna Cera's book, "Jewels of Fantasy" on page 145, where she dates it to 1900-1910 and attributes it to Germany.     View   View   View   #Q37928 

 

REFERENCES:

Antique Paste Jewellery by Malcolm David Samuel Lewis (Great Britain 1970)
Georgian Jewellery, 1714-1830 by Dawes & Collings

Victorian Jewelry by Davidov & Dawes
Warman's Jewelry, 3rd Edition by Christie Romero
Starting to Collect Antique Jewellery by John Benjamin


 

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