Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Paste jewelry was first made in about 1767. You can tell 18th- and 19th-century paste from gemstones using these clues: Paste is warmer than gemstones and more easily scratched. Old paste was cut to fit the setting--the stones were not a consistent size. Settings for paste are usually closed at the back to protect the foil backing. The settings can be silver or pot metal, and they're rarely marked.


nfyjon said...

...and of course everyone who's a bit of an antique themselves will recall Guy de Maupassant's vintage short story 'The Necklace'. That's where I heard tell of paste jewelry and learned a few life lessons as well...quite some time ago.

joyced said...

So, what's the difference between paste and rhinestones? How do you tell the difference, or is there one?