CROIX ROSE, translated from FRENCH to ENGLISH (ROSE CROSS) perfectly describes this GORGEOUS ANTIQUE VICTORIAN GUTTA PERCHA ROSE CROSS. This Cross was made during the VICTORIAN PERIOD (1837-1901) when there was all the RAGE for making Black Jewelry for purposes of MOURNING and just to wear because the VICTORIANS considered Black Jewelry CHIC! Black Materials such as NATURAL JET, along with BOG OAK was also used to make this VERY COLLECTIBLE DARK JEWELRY. The Victorians were obsessed with images in NATURE and used the theme of FLOWERS often in there Jewelry Designs. ROSES represented LOVE, PASSION and FIDELITY to the Victorians so this CROSS would show the LOVE of CHRIST and the PERSONAL FAITH of the Owner when it was being worn. This CROSS is made from GUTTA PERCHA, or also commonly called VULCANITE. This was a Man Made Material, made from the SAP of a TREE mixed with other Materials. Although this CROSS appears to have 4 Large carved ROSES in it the CROSS was actually CAST into a MOLD not carved. The GUTTA PERCHA was a strong Material and it was also used to make many household items such as Picture Frames, Mirrors as well as BEAUTIFUL JEWELRY. I have seen many Victorian Crosses but I have never seen one like this ROSE CROSS. I am Crazy about ROSES in general so I think this CROSS is a LOVELY TREASURE! This CROSS has a High Profile with a Flat Back. The Cross is in EXCELLENT CONDITION and was well taken care of by the owner. The CROSS has a Unique Design by having a Leafy Design running through it and I especially Love how it has an OPEN DESIGN to it. This just makes the Cross a bit more interesting. This is a LARGE CROSS measuring 2 hairs short of 3,1/2 inches high by 2 hairs over 2 inches wide, this is Large by most CROSS standards. I have made an Extra Long WRAP NECKLACE for this BEAUTY. I have made a 82 inch Wrap Necklace made from ANTIQUE FRENCH SPARKLING DIAMOND CUT STEEL BEADS. These Beads are PRISTINE and because they are DIAMOND CUT give off a lot of SUBTLE SHIMMER. I wanted to pick up the BLACK Color of the Cross so I measured out 2 inch sections of the French Beads and added Sections of different sizes of Tiny Faceted Black Spinel and Pyrite Genuine Gemstone Beads. I have shown a few ways the Necklace can be worn since it is VERY LONG but I am sure there are a few more Styles you could wear the Necklace. I have used all Sterling Silver Connecting Pieces to make the Necklace and although these Pieces are not stamped for Sterling they Test as Sterling Silver. The CLASP is a Recast Sterling Silver Victorian Shepherds Hook with a Sterling Silver Oval Connecting Piece. The CROSS is hanging from the Necklace with a Large Sterling Silver Bail that allows the CROSS to be easily moved around on the Necklace or also take the CROSS off the Necklace if you would like to wear the Necklace ALONE! The Necklace can be customized to the buyers preference. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers. This is an AMAZING VICTORIAN TREASURE that would be a WONDERFUL addition to your CROSS collection! Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE!
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