Queen Anne aquamarine paste necklace
A ‘Queen Anne’ paste necklace, circa 1760, of a particularly neat and wearable size in the most desirable shade of vibrant aquamarine blue. ‘Queen Anne’ is a jewellery trade misnomer, as Queen Anne died in 1714. As M.D.S. Lewis points out in ‘Antique Paste Jewellery’ : this style of jewellery took Paris by storm around 1730 to 1740. It is virtually certain that no such pieces existed in France or England before that date. The necklace is comprised of ovals of faceted paste in foiled and closed back gilt metal settings. It has the saw-teeth setting edges typical of Queen Anne jewellery. It is 12 inches long and attached to 19th century velvet ribbon so it will fit a neck of any size. Utterly luscious thing, like looking into a watery aquamarine sea. Immaculate.
Portrait of Mrs George Turner in a Queen Anne necklace