Art Nouveau Paste “Sapphire” Necklace (Vintage)
In 1758 the Viennese goldsmith Joseph Strasser succeeded in inventing a colourless glass paste stone that could be cut and that to the naked eye, approached the sparkle of genuine diamond. It was a time of conquering distant lands and wars in Europe and often times noble jewels were requested by the monarchy to be sold to fund such. But women of stature wouldn’t be seen without adornments and luckily Strasser had a solution. The stones, at the time, were “new technology” and would command a price almost as high as their naturally derived counterparts. As their popularity grew, stones of color were also created/demanded with their great popularity culminating for Art Nouveau Paste stones.
What We Love About It:
The color on these Art Nouveau paste stones is absolutely outstanding. They are truly the bluest of blues, which was achievable, since the creators weren’t counting on the Creator to come up with them. To say that this necklace is eye catching would be an understatement. Get ready to be asked about it, if you’re the one lucky enough to wear it.
The necklace is gold tone and we assume it to be gold-filled but can find no markings on it. It’s comprised of a center oval stone measuring 17mm x 11mm that’s lightly faceted and surrounded by six french cut (7mm x 7mm) stones, set in a two/one pattern with spacers between in a floral motif. The necklace measures 16″ and is finished off with a spring ring clasp in excellent working order.
If you’re looking to pretend you’re a noblewoman or if you just want something pretty to wear around your neck to that next cocktail party, this stunner will give folks something to talk with you about while you’re there.