MOONSTONES + MYSTERY

As usual, some truly stunning pieces at Erie Basin. Top, 1890s Moonstone Ring. Bottom, 1820s Georgian Foiled Red Paste Bracelet.

In the Georgian era there was a real appreciation for paste (crystal) jewelry. Victorians mostly used paste to imitate real gemstones, but Georgians appreciated the creative potential of faking it. Much of Georgian paste is in hyper-saturated colors that wouldn’t likely occur in natural gems.  And the pastes were backed in silver or colored foils to give them an intense silvery glow.  The stones in this bracelet are just— in a word— unreal.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s