Sapphire The very wealthy showed their wealth in numerous ways. One was in the details of the garments they wore. These are identical reproductions of an extant pair in a private collection but are made of an alloy that wont tarnish and set with paste. These will accommodate a latchet of 1 1/4" with an overall size of 2" by 2 1/4". They are fashionable for 1750s to 1780s wear.
An example from London's Proceedings of the Old Bailey in 1775 a trial for theft from a specific place two men "were indicted for stealing . . . three pair of silver shoe-buckles set with stones, 30 s. another pair of silver shoe-buckles set with stones, 10 s. . . . three carats weight of rubies, 40 s. . . . three carats weight of emeralds, 10 s. . . . with antique diamonds, rubies, and other precious stones, 20 l. . . . twenty carats weight of garnets, saphires, and amethists, 5 l."
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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 04 October, 2016.