The source of Inspiration for this Necklace is Faith and Christianity. The Pendant in this Necklace is a RARE GEORGIAN PERIOD 1714-1837, 800 SILVER PASTE SAINT ESPRIT DOVE PENDANT. SAINT ESPRIT (HOLY SPIRIT) in FRENCH, according to the Bible DOVE ( SAINT ESPRIT ) descending from Heaven to Earth with Wings spread is the Symbol of LOVE, but it is also the Symbol of Power and Fertility. It was the Symbol most often represented in Normandy, France during the 18th Century. This type of Faith Inspired Jewelry was worn by Wealthy French Peasant Women in Normandy before the Empire Period. The SAINT ESPRIT is traditionally represented by a Downward Facing Dove suspended from a Bow Encircled with Paste Flowers. The Dove will usually be holding an Olive Branch in its Beak which Symbolizes PEACE. This SAINT ESPRIT is a more simple Design without the Bow at the Top of the Pendant but the Dove is Encircled with the Paste Flowers and holding an Olive Branch in its Beak. While the SAINT ESPRIT is usually historically a Christian Symbol of Faith it was worn by Protestants and Christians alike. The SAINT ESPRIT DOVE can be traced back to Pieces dating as early as the 1700,s. It became Popular in FRANCE in the 18th Century and was worn by PEASANT WOMEN with Real Gemstones and or Paste Stones in the SAINT ESPRIT DOVE. The DOVE itself is Highly Symbolic in many Cultures and Faiths widely recognized as the representation of PEACE, LOVE and FIDELITY. These ANTIQUE SAINT ESPRIT have been handed down through Generations and have now become Highly Desirable for Collectors of FAITH inspired JEWELRY. This is a True Antique and not a Reproduction. The Pendant is not Hallmarked but Test as 800 SILVER. It is not unusual to find Antique Georgian Jewelry Unmarked because Assayers did require Hallmarks until the early 1900,s. The PASTE STONES in the Pendant are all Present and Original to the Piece with a few of the PASTE becoming Darken but they do still have a Subtle Sparkle to them. The Pendant is in Excellent Condition. The Pendant has a TRUE ARTISAN feel to it with a SIMPLICITY to its BEAUTIFUL DESIGN. There are 44 Paste Stones in Varied Sizes in the Pendant. If you will note the Back of the Pendant is completely enclosed in the 800 Silver an indication that the Paste Stones are FOIL BACKED, a technique commonly used during this Period in time to add more Sparkle to the Paste so that they looked more like Genuine Diamonds. The Sealed Back protected the Paste from water or moisture coming into contact with the Paste which would ruin the Paste. The Pendant has its own Paste Bail but I did have to add a New Sterling Silver Jump Ring that was missing. The Pendant with its Bail measures 1 hair over 2,1/4 high by 1 hair over 1,1/4 wide. I have hung the Pendant from a Beautiful Antique French Hand Made Sterling Silver Capped Mop Rosary. This Rosary is not Hallmarked but Test for Solid Silver 925. The Rosary is completely had made. Every Tiny carved Mop Bead, every Tiny Silver Cap is Unique and One of a Kind Piece that makes up the Rosary. The Mop Beads are Baroque in shape. The Rosary has a Lovely (MARIAN) Holy Mother Rosary Center. The Silver Wire Connectors are Finer than a Thread. It must have taken a lot of Skill and Patience to make this FRENCH TREASURE! After looking closely at the Wire Connectors I realized that this Delicate Rosary was made for Gently holding in the Hands and so I decided to replace all the Silver Wire Connectors with New 20 Gauge Sterling Silver Wire Connectors. This does not in any way take away from the BEAUTY of the ROSARY but makes it able to be worn as a Necklace without worry about it breaking. I have also added New Sterling Silver Jump Rings and a Sterling Silver Swivel S Clasp to the Necklace. I wanted to use the Complete Rosary in the Necklace so I have hung the Rosary Crucifix to drape off the back of the Clasp. The total length of the Necklace with Pendant is 33,1/2 inches long. All connecting Silver Pieces although not Marked for 925 Silver do test as Sterling Silver. The Pendant and Rosary has its Natural Light Oxidized Patina as it was when I purchased it. The Necklace can be customized to the buyers preference. I offer Generous Layaway Terms to my buyers. This is a RARE, BEAUTIFUL FRENCH TREASURE that you will LOVE to wear if you collect FAITH inspired Jewelry! Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE!
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