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Delightful - Vintage Gold Plate Amethyst Paste Enamel Floral Brooch.  This brooch is crafted from gold plate over base metal.  Featuring 6 amethyst paste faceted gems, enamel work, and Vintage styling.  This unique brooch is made in the form of a flower. The flower is a purple colour, and claw set with amethyst paste gemstones. The leaves are enamelled in green and black, and trimmed in gold. The pin on the back locks in place with a secure lock system. This Vintage whimsical brooch looks wonderful when worn, truly an early Vintage piece to be enjoyed for many years to come. 

In 1724, French jewel designer Georges Frédéric Strass came up with “paste,” a kind of leaded glass that he cut and polished with metal powder until it appeared to shimmer like a diamond in the light.

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.

The earliest known enameled pieces have been dated to the 13th century BC, when Mycenaean goldsmiths inlaid enamels into gold rings. ... In the 5th century BC, Greek artisans used enamel to decorate artwork such as the Phidias statues of Zeus.


Measurements: Brooch 4" x  2" 

Stone Size: Amethyst Paste: 8.00 mm - 9.00 mm 

Weight: 25.40 grams 

Condition: Very Good   Note: Some wear to the gold plate on claws. 

Origin: America 

Date: 1940s

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