Penelope Paste Diamond Choker
This restored Georgian necklace from the 1700s features paste diamonds in a sterling silver setting. The necklace measures 14" long and was sourced in England.
The history behind paste diamond stones is unique: the Kimberly diamond mines of South Africa weren't discovered until 1869-71 - making diamonds not as accessible or common. Because of this, jewelers resorted to making their own "Paste" stones as a more common and cost effect alternative to diamonds. These stones were handmade from a crystal compound and polished with metal powder until it shimmered like a gemstone. Paste accessories were the most sought after jewelry of the Georgian era of the 1700s—often dawning royalty, aristocrats, and wealthy alike.
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