Paste is a compound of glass containing white lead oxide andpotash. Paste jewellery was usual in the 1670s and was worn at court. The bestand most long lasting paste jewellery was produced after 1734 by Georges Strass. Most fake jewellery was Paris led. Just about any kind of fake gem could bemade, including fake opals. Many pieces of fake jewellery have survived in theiroriginal setting, but fine estate pieces of real gems were often broken up forresetting into more fashionable styles of the era.


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