Dating to c.1790, this stunning Continental high-karat gold and diamond cross pendant is an outstanding and highly-wearable example of Georgian-era devotional jewelry!
Measuring a perfectly-proportioned 2 1/2" long with the integrated, diamond-set bail x 1 3/8" wide, this treasure of a pendant has made it into the 21st-century in outstanding, all-original condition, and boasts a wonderful variety of antique-cut diamonds! When I first saw this impressive devotional jewel, I thought that it might have been a marriage of a Georgian diamond-set cross kept in circulation by setting atop a later Victorian gold lobed cross, but examination under 10x magnification indicates that this piece is indeed all-original!
There are seventeen diamonds set in this beautiful jewel, and many of these stones pre-date the pendant, some by centuries! Just as today we set our smallest diamonds into new settings as fashions evolve, so did our ancestors, and the variety of diamond cuts in this jewel make it SO special! The diamond set in the bail is a very early Indian form of the marquis cut, and the cross is set with two table-cut diamonds and two kite-cut diamonds, likely dating back to the 16th century. The remaining twelve diamonds are true rose-cuts, dating to the 1700s!
All of the diamond are set in rubbed-over, closed-backed settings of sterling-grade silver, and the silver-set diamonds are affixed to the high-karat cross by four tiny but substantial gold pins. It is incredibly difficult to calculate the weight of these super-early cuts, but the combined weight of the diamonds add up to approx. 1.2 carats. All of the diamonds are intact, and all are original to the pendant; these early diamonds wink and flash with every angle of the light, and would have blazed beneath the candle-lit ballrooms of the late 18th century!
The arms of the "budded" cross represent the Holy Trinity, and both the cross and it's original diamond-set bail are wrought from 18k yellow gold with just a touch of rose in the alloy (all materials unmarked but tested). As is the case with most 18th-century jewelry, this pendant is unmarked, but it was clearly made by an expert lapidary for a lady of wealth, fashion and faith over two centuries ago. Remarkably, this jewel has survived in exquisite condition, with no damage or repairs. There are tiny spots of the original silver solder used on the pins at the back of the pendant, but this is the way it was constructed. This jewel has not been cleaned, and both the gold and the silver have built up the fabulous "bloom" that only the passing of generations can impart.
The only sign of wear to this superb jewel is some thinning to the top of the bail on the top of the cross, but this is exactly the sort of wear one wants to see in a gold and diamond jewel of this great age; it is clear that this cross has been worn and treasured for 225+ years! The bail is not worn through; I only mention this for complete accuracy. Whether worn on a gold chain or on a black velvet ribbon in true Georgian style, this beautiful devotional jewel lights up whatever you choose to wear it with! PURE HEAVEN!
Weighing in at a substantial 9.53 grams, this investment-worthy jewel is a true rarity, as well s a joy to wear; I have never had one in stock with such a variety of early diamonds! If you collect the finest in Georgian-era devotional jewelry, this historic pendant belongs around your neck and in your collection! It would also make a thrilling gift for any lady fond of the finest in early diamond crosses, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to acquire this exceptional jewel; up to 90-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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