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Jewel of the day: Edwardian Paste Pendant

Though I started my collection with costume dress clips, I soon became fascinated by the sterling and paste pieces popular in Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods.Though the stones may be glass (generally) the workmanship is very fine and the look tends to be convincingly of the periods depicted.

This Edwardian pendant is a good case in point. It is sterling silver set with clear crystals and one blue cushion cut stone in the centre, accented with pearls. It sells for USD$155 from Etsy seller br2too.

Jewel of the day: Paste and sterling dog pin

We are so brand conscious today that it’s easy to forget that until fairly recently, most items bore no maker’s name at all. Because of export and import rules, gold and silver was hallmarked as to location, metal content and usually maker’s mark (with initials or a symbol) but the names of so many of those makers were lost.

Here is an anonymous but utterly charming pin from early in the last century (I would put it at about 1920s). It is made of sterling silver, clear paste  (AKA glass) stones, and enamel where the collar and tongue are. It’s quite small, maybe about an inch long, but even in this tiny space the maker gave a sense of the movement and energy of the dog (who looks quite eerily like my Wheaten Terrier, also known as the Wheaten Terror for his ability to eat everything from leather to electronics). You can almost feel him hunting his next bone. Or (shudder) Iphone.

This piece doesn’t need a maker’s name or precious metals to be be quite wonderful all on its own.

dog pin

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