AURA! This Necklace has a Focal Point a STUNNING RARE 1800,S FRENCH PIQUE INLAID MOP NATURAL JET CROSS. The CROSS has a Lovely Glow about it from the Inlaid Mother of Pearl Design in it. This CROSS was made during the Victorian Period (1837-1901 when Queen Victorian was RULER of Great Britain. During this Period in Victorian History there was all the rage for Natural Carved Black Natural Jet Jewelry. There were Large Deposits of Jet in England and as well in France and Spain. Natural Jet is a Material that has a Mineral Content similar to Coal. The Natural Jet was predominately used to make Mourning Jewelry by the Victorians also just Loved Black Jewelry and wore it simply because it was considered CHIC and ELEGANT to wear! And actually I consider it the same in our Contemporary Society, CHIC and ELEGANT to wear. Now Natural Black JET Crosses are not especially Rare to find but the detail that makes this Cross Special is because it is a FRENCH PIQUE CROSS. FRENCH PIQUE was a TECHNIQUE created by the French in the 18th Century. It was used to make Beautiful Pieces of Jewelry but also for making Unique Household items such as Lovely Collectable Boxes. The Technique involves using the Tiniest Very Fine Gold or Silver Wires and sometimes along with Tiny Pieces of Mop Inlaid into a Material such as Natural JET or GUTTA PERCHA. This Cross has Inlaid in it the Tiniest Gold Tone Metal Wires with a Mop Floral Pattern throughout the Cross. Since the Cross is not Hallmarked in any way I cannot know what the Metal Content of these Tiny Gold Tone Wires is. The Wire appears in the Design to look like a Vine running through the Cross with Mop Leaves hanging off the Vine. The Mop Inlay has Lovely Colors of Blues, Pinks, Greens, Lavenders and none of the Mop Pieces are Missing.This is an Extremely Fine Artisan Technique to do and it must have taken so many hours to make one of these Treasures. The workmanship of these PIQUE PIECES is of the Highest Quality Artistry and are still highly collectable. The Cross is a Nice Size measuring 1 hair over 2,1/4 inch high by 1,1/4 inches wide. This Cross is in Excellent Condition with no damage but with a couple of Very Minor Surface Irregularities done in the Manufacturing Process. If you look at the top right hand Cross Bar in front of Cross and in the back of Cross the right top tip of right handed Cross Bar. These Details are barely noticeable at all. I have made an Extra Long 118,1/2 inch Sparkling Antique French Diamond Cut Steel Bead Wrap Necklace for the Cross. I only use the Best Quality Diamond Cut Steel Beads in my Wrap Necklaces because these Beads have a Subtle Shimmer to them. French Steel Cut Beads originated in England but became all the RAGE in FRANCE in 1759. The Cut Steel Jewelry became a Stylish and Affordable alternative to more Expensive Jewelry like Diamonds and they were accessible to all Levels of Society in the 18th Century. Many items such Antique French Steel Bead Evening Bags were made with them as well as Lovely Shimmering Jewelry. We are captivated by the Industrial Nature of Cut Steel Beads, there Romantic History and there Dark Shimmering Brilliance. I have measured out 2 inch sections of the Steel Beads and interspersed throughout the Necklace with sections of 10mm to 13mm Cultured Black Peacock Baroque Cultured Pearls combined with Genuine Gemstones of 4mm Pyrite, 2mm Tanzanite, 2mm, 8mm Black Spinel Gems, with a Few Silver Plated Tiny Rhinestone Beads. There are 10 Black Peacock Cultured Pearls and 26 Tanzanite Sections in the Necklace. The Wrap Necklace can be worn many different ways and I have shown in the photos a few styles. The Clasp on the Wrap Necklace is a New Small Sterling Silver S Clasp with a New Sterling Silver Jump Rings. All connecting Pieces in the Necklace are Dark Oxidized Sterling Silver and although these Pieces are not stamped 925 Silver they test as being 925 Silver. The Necklace can be customized to the buyers preference. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers. This is a GORGEOUS FAITH INSPIRED NECKLACE! Thanks for visiting FRENCEVANGELINEROSE at RUBY LANE! NOTE: More photos available if needed.
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