A Taste For Paste

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What exactly is paste jewelry? A type of glass, paste easily emulates precious stones, but we must stress that it is by no means imitation anything. Its luster, malleability, and quality of workmanship set it apart from other jewelry materials.

What we know as paste jewelry developed from glass makers experimenting with lead oxide to closely emulate gemstones. In the eighteenth century, glass makers aspired …

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Antique Green Paste Necklace

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Antique green paste necklace set in 15k gold. Green paste is among the rarer colors found in paste jewelry.

English, ca. 1890.
Length: 17 inches

$9,800

This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.

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Antique White Paste Necklace

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Antique white paste collet necklace set in silver and gold.

English, ca. 1890.
Length: 16 inches

$22,500

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