This is a magnificent custom 18K white gold Maltese Cross pendant necklace that is encrusted with VVS E/F diamonds. It is a beauty to which photos do not do justice.
With a total necklace weight of 15.7 grams, the pendant itself weighs in at 10.3 grams. The cross itself measures just under 24mm, or 1" across and 32mm tall (1-1/4") inclusive of bail. There are a total of 44 diamonds on the cross and bail, with the largest eight at 4mm (.25ct each). The diamonds are melee set in the bail as well as the cross and there are even four 3mm (10 point) diamonds set in each of the edges of of the four V arms. This pendant is amazingly quite thick at 3.9mm. The diamonds were graded as VVS E/F with total carat weight of 2.62 carats.
The pendant is fitted with an 18K white gold Spiga (wheat link) chain. It is hefty at 5.4 grams, 1.1mm wide, and has recently been fitted with a modern 14K white gold 8mm magnetic bead clasp that is remarkable. .We believe this is a Magic Power clasp design. It is hallmarked "585". These new magnetic clasps in karat gold are addictive as they are so easy to operate. No more fumbling around to get a necklace on and off. The Spiga chain design is very sturdy and will not kink or knot.
Custom crafted in Italy with extraordinary craftsmanship, this diamond cross bears no hallmarks. It has been tested and is guaranteed at 18K. The cross alone was independently appraised in 2012 at a fair market (cash sale) value of $8,277.00, and that appraisal will be included with the necklace. The chain was added later.
The Maltese Cross has quite a storied history, having originated during the Crusades. It was symbol of the Christian warrior. The eight points marked the eight obligations of the knights--to live in truth, have faith, repent sins, be humble, love justice, be merciful, be sincere and wholehearted and to endure persecution, admirable qualities for any person. Over time, the eight points came to represent the eight lands or tongues of the noblemen admitted to the order--Auvergne and Provence, France, Aragon and Castille, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Bavaria (Germany), and England (Scotland and Ireland).
This necklace is in excellent condition with all diamonds securely set and original to the pendant. The chain is in excellent condition and the clasp in excellent working order.
This amazing quality of the diamonds and the sheer heft of this pendant are nothing short of bewitching in person, the likes of which we certainly rarely see here in the USA. Such a treat and such a unique gift idea for that special lady on your gift list.