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Georgian 101

[scmBannerSlider-8282]     The Georgian era, named for the reign of Great Britain’s Kings George I, II, III and IV from 1714-1837, was a time of great progress. One result of the period’s vast social shifts was what can be called a democratization of jewelry. Where jewelry was once reserved for the aristocracy, during the Georgian era, class boundaries became more fluid and the newly-bolstered middle class was free to embrace fashion. Then as now, diamond jewelry was all the rage. This led to the invention of a more accessible alternative known as paste: glass cut to mimic the sparkle of diamonds. Paste stones would be backed with metallic foil to better replicate the brilliance of diamonds or add color...

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