Victorian Paste

Antique English Gold Ring With Large Glass Pastes in Old European Cut, Dated 1888

"Paste" is the term used for hand-cut glass stones, which were frequently used for jewellery in the 18th and early 19th centuries. As a substitute for diamonds, they were by no means considered inferior: on the contrary, people loved the bright sparkle of the stones, which were cut by hand with just as much care as real gemstones. This ring of high-carat gold, which came to us from London, sets five of these clear pastes in wonderful old European cuts, such as are usually only known from old diamonds. By its stamping inside, we know that the fine ring was submitted to the assay office in Chester, England, in 1888. It is therefore a ring from the years of Queen Victoria, the year in which three emperors reigned in Germany and which has gone down in history as the "year of the three emperors". The ring is a nice opportunity to enrich your collection of historical jewels and also a daily wearable jewellery, which can be worn carefree despite its large set stones.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.