Where do we begin to describe such a unique and magnificent ruby gemstone cross?
Crafted of 18K yellow gold and nine large natural rubies, the 2" cross pendant measures 1-1/2" tall without its bail and 1-1/1" across (38.3x38mm). The nine rubies are round faceted cuts, each measuring 7mm and estimated at 1.6 carats each. The rubies are each mounted in thick bezels measuring 9.8mm wide by 5.4mm thick. Five prongs hold each stone securely in place, with each stone sharing two prongs with its neighboring stone. The backs of each mounts are solid with a 4mm window that washes each stone in the perfect light. The cross is fitted with a large 12x10mm bail, quite heavy duty at 1.8mm in thickness. The back of the cross is hallmarked "750" and the pendant alone weighs 22.7 grams.
The accompanying 18K gold link chain measures 16 inches long. Quite thick at 3.9mm, each link measures 6.6mm long. The chain closes with a 19x7.5mm S hook that attaches to a 9mm ring closure. The chain is hallmarked "750" and itself weighs 21.9 grams.
Together, the cross and chain weigh 44.6 grams. This necklace is priced for both pieces but each is available for purchase separately. Note that the cross pendant's bail opening measures 8x5.7mm so it can easily accommodate a wide variety of chains, even a wide Omega. Please contact us for information via RL messaging or phone/text at 919-886-1987.
The rubies are natural, untreated and beautifully matched. Their rich color is deep red with purplish secondary tone. The stones are eye clean and saturation is vivid to excellent. The stones display a uniform raspberry hue when candled to the light. Their table size is slightly smaller than modern standards at 3.4mm (out of 7mm), which increases their crown surfaces, thus intensifying the dazzling sparkle of each stone and the entire pendant. The magical fire of these stones was difficult to perfect in our photos. Please contact us with questions and requests for additional photos. We are happy to help.
Italian in origin, this is a masterpiece necklace offering the rare combination of significant natural rubies and 18K yellow gold. Its craftsmanship is exquisite.
This extraordinary necklace will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage.
Glory of the Cross
Glorious 18K Gold Natural Ruby 14.4ct Gemstone 2" Cross & 18K Gold Chain - 44.6 grams