Antique and Modern: Sparkling 19th Century French Paste Buckle on a Denim Hued Stingray Cuff
This is a truly amazing French 19th century paste buckle and modern Shagreen (stingray) cuff in the color of soft blue jeans. The French jewelers of this period were known for their expertise with paste and their ability to cut bright, sparkling stones (see more about this in our Glossary under paste and Strass). This piece is no exception. Each paste stone in this buckle is individually collet or bezel set in solid sterling silver. You can feel the weight of the piece in your hand. It is most likely late Georgian/early Victorian.
The cuff itself is new, but also hand-crafted. It is made from the highest quality stingray skin, tanned by a fourth generation tanner using French techniques. The skin looks like a pavé path of glittering pearls. In addition to its natural beauty, stingray is also incredibly durable. It is not unusual to find antique stingray boxes, or pieces of jewelry, over 100 years old that are still in good condition. We love the contrast of antique against modern.
Dimensions & Details: Georgian Paste Buckle Cuff
- The buckle brooch is approximately 2.1 inches in length by 1.9 inches width. It is comprised of paste stones, collet set in silver.
- The stingray cuff is 50 mm wide (just under 2 inches). The internal circumference is approximately 6 1/2 inches. If the circumference of your wrist is much smaller, it will fit loosely.
- Brooch: Thought to be French in origin.
Period & Hallmarks
- First half 19th century.
- The brooch/pin is in very good condition for its age, with a few chips and abrasions to the paste stones (not visible without magnification). The paste stones are mostly bright with no significant discoloration.
- The cuff is modern/new.
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