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  • Place of origin:

    Europe (west, made)

  • Date:

    1740-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver set with pastes (glass)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 14, shelf A, box 11

Improved domestic lighting and the development of the brilliant cut, which sparkles so magically by candlelight, ensured the primacy of faceted stones in eighteenth-century jewellery. Not all these pieces were made of precious stones however, and there was a flourishing trade in high quality imitation or 'paste' jewellery. Here a deep orange-coloured glass has been faceted and set in silver in exactly the same manner and style as in precious jewellery of the period.

Physical description

Brooch with floral decoration and three pear-shaped drops, of faceted orange glass set in silver

Place of Origin

Europe (west, made)


1740-1750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver set with pastes (glass)


Height: 6 cm, Width: 6.1 cm, Depth: 1.4 cm

Descriptive line

Brooch of silver set with pastes (glass), made in Western Europe, 1700-1800.


Paste (glass); Silver


Faceting; Setting


Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories


Metalwork Collection

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