It is rare to find centuries-old costume jewelry still sparkle and shine like a piece of fine jewelry! Rarer still is to find a piece made entirely of pinchbeck as this one is. Pinchbeck is an alloy that was used in the 18th and early 19th centuries to replace gold. It was often used to replicate fine pieces for traveling by carriage on thief-ridden roads, as we believe this one was. The gem-like glass is beautifully faceted and could certainly pass as citrine. The pinchbeck metal looks gold through and through, as it is known for, and has a lemon brightness to it. Silver flowers delicately accent the fine metalwork. The necklace has a 15" circumference and the drops fall just over an inch.