Antique ca. 1810s Georgian foiled paste "black dot" Portuguese brooch
A Georgian "black dot" paste brooch in a navette-shaped setting with gold trim. Upon first glance this piece looks like chrysolite or chrysoberyl, although I suspect that much of the variation in color is simply a result of age and wear. Like all authentic paste jewelry the "stones" in this piece are hand cut and foil backed in a closed setting. Paste jewelry was highly prized in the late 1700s and early 1800s and paste was produced with the same care and attention as fine gemstone jewelry, often for the same customers! This piece is likely Portuguese in origin, set in silver with a ribbon of 14K rose gold trim between the "stones." The outer trim is set with seamlessly-set, cushion-shaped paste and the inner trim is set with round-shaped pastes. Each stone has a painted black dot at the bottom, creating the illusion of depth and cleverly mimicking the experience of an open culet in an old mine cut diamond. This is a beautiful, wearable example of Georgian paste jewelry.
Measurements: 19.2 grams
Era: Georgian, early 1800s-1830s
Markings: N/A, silver and 14-15 carat gold
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