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Antique Adornment - Victorian Gold Filled Ruby & Diamond Paste Stick Pin. This lovely stick/hat pin is crafted from gold fill and silver metal, hallmarked PAT RE- 1S01909. Featuring 10 antique cut diamond paste gemstones, one oval cut faceted ruby paste gemstone, victorian styling, and quality craftsmanship.  This lovely stick pin is designed as an oval cluster made-up of a ruby red paste gemstone, surrounded by glowing diamanté' gemstones. The pin still has a nice sharp end, with a secure fitted cap to protect the clothing and to keep the pin in place. The cap slides on and twists off. This Victorian era pin looks beautiful on clothing, or your favorite hat. A wonderful collectible piece!

History: Paste gems are imitation jewels, or rhinestones, made by pouring melted glass into gem shaped molds to mimic real gemstones. They could be made in any size and shape. The color of the glass could be altered by adding metal oxides.

Paste jewellery is a special type of flint glass that emulates a number of gemstones. The origins of Paste jewellery date back to the mid-18th century, to a jeweller named Georges Frederic Stras, who worked as a jeweller to the king when he moved from Strasbourg to Paris in 1724. 

The term “diamanté” is general synonymous with “rhinestone”, the main difference being that “rhinestone” is more commonly used on the American side of the pond, and diamanté on the English.


Measurements: Stick Pin 58.00 mm x 10.00 mm 

Stone Size: Ruby Paste 7.00 mm x 5.00 mm      Diamantes 3.00 mm each 

Weight: 2.90 grams 

Condition: Very good   Note: Ruby paste stone has age related wear seen with magnification. 

Origin: England 

Date: Circa 1890

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