Here is a BEAUTIFUL LARGE VICTORIAN ERA CROSS PENDANT! The VICTORIAN ERA (1837-1901) was a Prosperous Time for GREAT BRITAIN when QUEEN VICTORIA reigned over the GREAT BRITAIN. The VICTORIANS were obsessed with a few Things during this Time. These obsessions were NATURE, DEATH, and RELIGION to name a few. Many VICTORIANS were Religious and out of that came many LOVELY CROSSES and RELIGIOUS PIECES of JEWELRY made by Artistic Jewelers during this Time. This CROSS is one of those PIECES. The CROSS is FACETED ONYX with TINY PERFECT ROUND SEED PEARLS set in a 9K GOLD SETTING. Each of the TINY PEARLS are the SAME SIZE except for the CENTER ONE that is SLIGHTLY BIGGER than the REST of them. This Style of Jewelry, the combination of a Carved BLACK GEMSTONE like ONYX or GENUINE JET, SOLID GOLD with SEED PEARLS. The Contrast of these 3 Elements are Stunning together! In the past I had bought and sold a similar PIECE, a Carved NATURAL JET, GOLD, and SEED PEARL HEART LOCKET. While it may seem as though this CROSS may have been made as a MOURNING CROSS that may not have actually been TRUE because the VICTORIANS LOVED BLACK JEWELRY and wore it for any reason and as well when they were in MOURNING for a LOVED ONE because they considered it ELEGANT and CHIC JEWELRY. The condition of this CROSS is EXCELLENT with no damage or flaws of any kind. The CROSS has all the ORIGINAL CULTURED SEED PEARLS in place. Although the CROSS is not HALLMARKED it Test as 9K GOLD. It is not uncommon to find UN MARKED PIECES of VICTORIAN JEWELRY, even GOLD PIECES, because ASSAYERS did not require MARKING until the early 1900,s. This is a WELL MADE HEAVY CROSS since it is SOLID ONYX all the way through the body of the CROSS. I found the MOST BEAUTIFUL LARGE CREAM COLORED FLAMEBALL CULTURED PEARLS to make the CHAIN for the CROSS. I wanted to use a COLOR of PEARL that would compliment the WARM GOLD in the CROSS and I think this combination is PERFECT! Each One of the PEARLS is UNIQUE in SIZE and SHAPE and each ONE has a LOVELY LUSTRE as you can see in the PHOTOS. I have used One of the Smaller Size PEARLS with a TINY RHINESTONE and PYRITE GEM as an attachment PIECE between the CHAIN and CROSS PENDANT. I added a few pieces of SPARKLE EDGE RIBBON to give the NECKLACE a Vintage feel but if you are not a Ribbon person I can easily remove the Ribbon.The CHAIN is made of THICK STERLING SILVER WIRE. The approximate inside NECKLACE measurement is 21,1/2 inches long and the total NECKLACE length is 30 inches long. The CLASP is a RECAST STERLING SILVER VICTORIAN SHEPHERDS HOOK with a STERLING SILVER ROUND CONNECTOR PIECE. A MOP HEART and STERLING SILVER FLUER DE LIS CHARM drape off the end of the CLASP. All the connecting PIECES in the NECKLACE are OXIDIZED DARK STERLING SILVER and although the STERLING WIRE, JUMP RINGS, CLASP or not Marked for STERLING they Test as STERLING SILVER. The NECKLACE can be customized to the buyers preference. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers. This VICTORIAN TREASURE celebrates FAITH and it would be a LOVELY addition to your RELIGIOUS JEWELRY COLLECTION! Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE!
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