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Purple Reign - Victorian  Silver Amethyst Paste Filigree Brooch.   This gorgeous brooch is crafted from a silver metal.  Featuring 11 round cut amethyst paste gemstones, exquisite detailing and Victorian styling.  The brooch is oval in shape and exhibits beautiful filigree work, adorned by detailed bezel and claw-set amethyst paste gems.   The original pin and closure is in perfect working order, and sits nicely on clothing.  The craftsmanship on these early brooches is painstaking work that just can not be found today.  This Victorian beauty is a piece to e enjoyed and treasured for many years to come.

From a very early period the imitation of gems was attempted. ... 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.  

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.

In the history of the United Kingdom, the Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901.


Measurements: 52.00 mm  x 27.00 mm 

Stone Size: Amethyst Paste (Antique Glass) 9.00 mm - 4.00 mm 

Weight: 9.00 grams 

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: Europe

Date: Circa 1900

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