Can you tell the difference between diamond and paste? I’ve never tried with real gems, but I’ve read about it often enough to think I would have a hard time of it. Paste jewels are made by careful design and craftsmanship of glass. They were not seen as inferior jewels made to copy real ones and unlike diamonds could be cut into any shape or size required. Below are two pieces. One diamond - one paste. But which one is which? Can you tell? I'll add the answer into my comments later in the day.
As with anything, over time the cut of gemstones changed. The simple flat cut (see garnet pendant at top) of the 16th and 17th Century evolved into beautiful rose cut styles (see flower brooch above right).
Of course, there are many other styles of jewelry that I haven’t covered yet. Indeed, I've found the most breathtaking parure's (boxed sets) that I might die just to have. But death and love are the subject of my next blog. I hope you come back and see. In the mean time, take care.