This necklace features an antique French pin, circa 1890-1900, worn as a pendant and attached to handwoven oxidized sterling silver chainmaille. It bears the French boar's head hallmark for 800-900 silver and is embellished with sparkling paste stones.
pendant measures 2 1/8" across the widest part and 1 11/16" down the center
antique paste and silver pendant
sterling silver jump rings
sterling silver lobster clasp
On French silver jewelry, the most common hallmark is the boar’s head, the mark of the Paris Assay Office, indicating a fineness of 800 or higher on small articles (such as jewelry). This mark was in use from 1838 to 1961.
The paste stones in this necklace feature an old european cut, which was the prevailing style for diamonds from the 1890s to the 1930s.
According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica, "Before 1940 most imitation gems were made from glass with a high lead content. Such glasses were called paste because the components of the mixture were mixed wet to ensure a thorough and even distribution."
This colorful necklace features a circa 1930 "apple juice" bakelite dress clip, converted to a pendant. Vertical rows of clear and amethyst-colored rhinestones add sparkle, while the handwoven brass chain features vintage (circa 1960) faceted lucite links. An antique glass button dangles from the clasp.
bakelite pendant is 2" long and 1 3/8" wide
length can be extended - please indicate desired length when placing your order for this piece
vintage bakelite and rhinestone converted dress clip
This bracelet features handwoven, oxidized sterling chainmaille and a focal antique rhinestone shoe buckle, circa 1930. Inside the oval rhinestone frame of the buckle is a pierced floral motif. A vintage glass button, intended for use as an eye for a child's toy dangles from the end of the bracelet.
This bracelet features handwoven, oxidized sterling chainmaille and a focal antique rhinestone shoe buckle, circa 1930. A vintage button used as a eye for a child's toy dangles from the end of the bracelet.