Maltese Crosses have remained in style throughout the years and this one will surely do the same for you! This Miriam Haskell brooch is most likely from the 1980's and is often seen with one or two colored glass cabachons set on the front of the Maltese Cross which, by the way, is heavily plated with Haskell's signature Russian Gold plating over brass. But, here we have not one, but five glass cabachons which really make this brooch stand out over the others. The cabs are done in rich jewel colors which are meant to simulate the real gemstones of topaz, ruby, emerald, sapphire and amethyst. Each cabachon is set in a frame which is hand soldered to the cross....you can tell that they are hand soldered because they are a little askew on the top of the cross....not placed perfectly even as if done by machine! The finding used for the cross is even attractive when viewed from the back....not plain, but stamped out with a ray-like design, which also is apparent on the front, as well! Miriam Haskell jewelry, both by design and materials used, always displays a quality of antique jewelry (in this case, the use of matted Russian Gold plating, the ancient Maltese Cross design and the use of cabachons,which is one of the oldest cuts used for gemstones. Striking when worn on the lapel of any color garment, but of course, just plain elegant on anything black!
The Russian Gold plating is used to give the effect of antiquity to Haskell's creations and with this there are certain variations in the plating. This is not a "shiny" bright finish, but rather a soft and satiny finish. The cabs are very reflective, despite the fact that they are not faceted stones. The catch is very secure.
Signed: Miriam Haskell
2 ½" x 2 ½"
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Item ID: 381
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