Acid tested at 14k gold, is yellow in color and is surmounted with a worked cluster of gold leaves and seed pearl attached there. The cross is 2.5" long, large and probably was on a rosary at one time. It's a stunning fine pendant now, and would be a fabulous "something old" for a bride, if appropriate. The use of the seed pearl may or may not mean it was originally made as a piece of mourning jewelry, since pearls were iconographical for the tears of the mourner. But pearls are also used just for their inherent beauty and this tiny one sets the piece off very well. I found this one in Zurich a few weeks ago, along with a number of other items I purchased. Very pleased to get it. Hollow-made rather than solid, but it looks like it's a substantial solid gold. Very pretty. Bale is large, and I think you could probably wear it on a string of pearls if you wanted to.
Very good to excellent condition, without any serious dents in the hollow gold form of the cross, though I see a couple of very very tiny dings on it at the bottom - do you see what I mean? Might even polish out, as would the light surface abrasions of age. Nothing missing on the appliqué of leaves and the pearl is about 1.5mm, dainty and lovely. Acid tested at 14k gold, yellow in color.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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