No one ever said "Paste is a girl's best friend!"... except me.
In 1724, French jewel designer Georges Frédéric Strass came up with “paste,” a kind of leaded glass that he cut and polished with metal powder until it appeared to shimmer like a diamond. Nowadays, "paste" or "rhinestone" jewelry is most often crystal, glass, or acrylic. Paste cannot merely be regarded as a cheap alternative to gemstones. King George III and IV, along with other royals and high-ranking members of society, wore paste jewelry. They certainly could have afforded whatever they wanted. However, glass has a more pliable consistency and is capable of creating elaborate pieces that could never be obtained with real diamonds.
Besides, if it's good enough for Marilyn Monroe, Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth I, two King Charleses and Madame du Barry, it's good enough for me.
You see? Paste is a girl's best friend! Or, at least, a better friend than diamonds. It's sad if paste really is your best friend. But I won't judge.
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