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Antique French Silver and Paste Pendant on Handwoven Sterling Chainmaille

$285.00

Antique French Silver and Paste Pendant on Handwoven Sterling Chainmaille

$285.00

Description

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. 

Details

  • pendant measures 2 1/8" across the widest part and 1 11/16" down the center
  • 18" long
  • one-of-a-kind

Materials

  • antique paste and silver pendant
  • sterling silver jump rings
  • sterling silver lobster clasp

 Origin Story

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."