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A clear glass of high lead content and brilliance that is cut into stones resembling diamonds. Paste is also known as “strass” after Parisian jeweler, Georges Fréderique Strass, who invented this technique in the 1730s. Paste can be backed with colored metal foil to simulate different gemstones. It is the forerunner of the glass crystal stones created by Swarovski and other Czech and Austrian manufacturers.

 

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