The PERUZZI Family of FLORENCE, ITALY were one of the Original Shops started by FRATELLI PERUZZI to be on the Famous Italian Bridge in Florence the (PONTE VECCHIO). It was one of the oldest workshops opened by Giuseppe Peruzzi and up to Gianna and their sister in law, Laura. The Family has passed down through Generations Family the Highest Form of Artisan Craftsmanship and now almost a dying ART. Gino Peruzzi immigrated to Boston in 1820 and started Peruzzi Boston that flourished from (1930-1981). Their Jewelry Designs often referred to as Italian Renaissance, Gothic. The Quality and Designs of Peruzzi Jewelry are of the Best Workmanship and are Timeless, Classic, Heavy well made STERLING SSILVER JEWELRY. The early Peruzzi Pieces were made of 800 Silver but this is a later Design that is STERLING SILVER. The Cross is HALLMARKED ( PERUZZI, BOSTON, STERLING on the Back of the Large Bail attached to the Cross. The Necklace has a the Pendant a Large Thick Sterling Silver Cross. The Cross is Double Faced and is side is Unique but similar to each other in Design. One side has a Tiny Sunken Heart in the Center and the other side of the Cross has a Tiny Sunken Diamond Design in the Center of the Cross. The Cross has a Scalloped Edge Design with Large Solid Silver Balls at the Tips of the Cross. The Cross was cast to hang slightly tilted. The Chain for the Cross is Gorgeous and the Chain and Cross were purchased as one piece. Even thought the Chain is not Hallmarked it TEST for STERLING SILVER. This Necklace is a Special Piece mainly because of the elements in the Chain. The Links in the Chain are Double Sided with matching Designs on each side of the Link. The Chain Links have Two different Designs in the Necklace. One is a Floral Design which can be seen in other Peruzzi Jewelry but the other Link is more Unusual. Here is the History of the other Link, (SWADELLED INFANT). ANDREA DELLA ROBBIA was an Artist Sculpture living and working in Florence, Italy in the 1400,s and the (SWADELLED INFANT) was a commissioned work done by Him. He was commissioned in 1490 to do a commemorative work called "INFANT in SWADELLED CLOTHES" and the Sculpture was made to adorn what was then a CHILDRENS HOSPITAL in Florence, Italy. The Hospital was closed in 1875 and today houses a Small Museum. So Italian Jewelry Designers such as PERUZZI, CINI and COPPINI has borrowed the Famous Design to use in there Jewelry Pieces, hence the Links in this Necklace are called (SWADELLED INFANT). What a Fascinating Story for this Cross Necklace, I LOVE IT! The Necklace is made up of 13 Floral Links and 13 SWADELLED Infant Links. After closely checking all the connecting Jump Rings in the Chain I found a few damaged bent ones with the normal age related wear. Since I could not find the exactly same links for sale to match the Original Links I have replaced all the Connecting Links with New Thicker Sterling Silver Jump Rings that are Strong enough that the owner of the Necklace will never have to worry about a Link coming loose or breaking any where in the Chain. Making this change in the Chain does not affect in any way the Beauty of the Necklace and the change is not even noticeable when looking closely at the Chain. The Chain is approximately 25 inches long and the total length of the Necklace with the Cross is 30,1/2 inches long. If the buyer would like the Chain longer I can replace the new Jump Rings with Larger Jump Rings that will add length for a small added cost to the Necklace. The Necklace Chain and Cross are in Excellent Condition other than the Details I mentioned about condition. The Necklace does not have a CLASP but I can add one if needed. The Last 2 Photos show the Front and Back of the Cross with Heart and Diamond Centers in the Cross. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers. This Necklace is an ITALIAN TREASURE, a TIMELESS PIECE of JEWELRY that will Never Go Out of STYLE! Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE!
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