PAYSAN FRANCAIS, (FRENCH PEASANT) is the name I chose for this Necklace because while there is a BEAUTIFUL STERLING SILVER VICTORIAN CROSS in this Necklace I was also inspired to make this Necklace by a WONDERFUL ANTIQUE FRENCH TREASURE, a RARE FRENCH CHATELAINE CLIP. But let me describe the LOVELY CROSS first. The CROSS in this Necklace has a 3 Budded Design to each of the 4 Cross Arms of the Cross. The Budded Cross over time also has many descriptive names such as the APOSTLES CROSS, the TREFLEE, BONTONEE, PELLETED, POMMEE, BUDDED or CATHEDRAL CROSS. There is a Huge Variety of Budded Cross Styles, each with different Styles to suit whatever purpose the Church or Organization wished to convey. This Cross has an Elegant, Simple Design and it is in Excellent Condition with no Dings or Dents but has Normal Age related wear to it. The Cross was purchased from England and was made during the Victorian Period (1837-1901) the years that Queen Victorian reigned over Great Britain. The Cross is SOLID SILVER and has many Hallmarks on the back to verify this. The Cross is completely Silver all the way through and is NOT HOLLOW inside. I found this detail out about the Cross when drilling into it to hang a CULTURED PEARL from the bottom of the Cross. This Cross was made by a Very Talented Artisan in England and you can see by the workmanship in it that it is not a machine made Cross but a True Victorian Treasure. The Cross is a Nice Size measuring with its own Bail 2,3/4 inches high by 1,1/2 inches wide. I have hung the Cross from a recent French find, a RARE 1800,S HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN FRENCH PEASANT CHATELAINE CLIP. The Clip is not Hallmarked but Test as 800 Silver. I have left the Silver Frame of the Chatelaine Clip with its original Patina as it was when I purchased the Clip. Chatelaine Clips were used often in countries like France and ENGLAND during the 1800,s. The Clips would hang from MADAMES belt and many personal items hung from the Clip, such as sewing items that MADAME may have needed when out on her daily excursions. There are many Antique Chatelaine Clips available for purchase since they were commonly used during the 1800,s but it would be difficult to find one like this FRENCH TREASURE. This Chatelaine Clip is in Excellent Condition. The Clip has a ROUND PORCELAIN CENTER PIECE. The PORCELAIN PIECE is HAND PAINTED with the Image of a SWEET YOUNG FRENCH PEASANT GIRL. Her Dress is Painted Pale Yellow, Blue and Pink, Her Shoes Blue, Her Hat Yellow and there is a Blue Sky, Barn Door and Lovely Landscaped Background behind Her. The 8OO Silver Metal Chatelaine Frame has a Decorative Leaf Design on it with protruding Areas that come off the Round Frame. This is a Unique Chatelaine Clip and I was inspired by the Colors in it to make a Colorful Cultured Pearl Chain to hang the Clip and Cross from. The Chain is made with NEW STERLING SILVER WIRE and there are 20, Large11.5MM-14MM BAROQUE CULTURED PEARLS in the Chain. I also hung a Tiny Rhinestone Bead, and a Tiny Pink Opal Gem with a Large White 20MM CULTURED PEARL Teardrop from the bottom of the Cross. The CULTURED PEARLS are Beautiful Rainbow Colors of Cream, Gold, Peach, Lavender, White, Burgundy, Bronze, Copper. The CULTURED PEARLS all have a Wonderful LUSTRE to them. The Colors repeat some of the Colors in the FRENCH CHATELAINE CLIP. The CULTURED PEARLS vary from having a Smooth to Wrinkly Texture to them and each one is a one of a kind Treasure made by Mother Nature for us to enjoy! The Clasp in the Necklace is a NEW STERLING SILVER RECAST VICTORIAN SSHEPHERDS HOOK with a NEW STERLING SILVER JUMP RING. The CHAIN and CLASP have been OXIDIZED DARK to work with the Antique elements in the Necklace. The connecting NEW STERLING JUMP RINGS and the Cross are LIGHTLY OXIDIZED to a Natural Patina as it was when I purchased the Cross. All Connecting Pieces although not Hallmarked TEST as STERLING SILVER. The approximate Inside Length of the Necklace measures 20 inches long.The approximate total length of the Necklace is 31 inches long. A BAROQUE CULTURED PEARL with a TINY STERLING SILVER CHARM drape off the CLASP. The CHATELAINE CLIP AND THE CROSS PEARL DROP can be UNHOOKED from the CULTURED PEARL NECKLACE so that the owner can hang a different PENDANT from the CULTURED PEARL NECKLACE. The Necklace can be customized to the buyers preference. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers. This is TRULY a GORGEOUS FRENCH FAITH inspired HEIRLOOM NECKLACE. Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE!
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