Highly decorated pendant cross called "Flemish cross" in silver on top and backed with 18K gold, set with rose cut diamonds in close setting. The rose cuts are set on foil, this is a special technique that was used to bring the luster of thediamonds to its best quality. The cross is articulated with hidden system to a rose pattern with fixed bail.
This jewel is a fine example of the skill and craftsmanship of jewelers in Antwerp in the 18th and 19th century. The city is well known for centuries for its wealth which resulted in sumptuous jewels set with diamonds. The influence of religion was verypresent in those days, the refinement, the materials and the stones reinforced this sign of devotion. This type of cross was worn a long silver chain and was a very expensive gift worn by pretty women in the north of Belgium in the first half of the 19th century.
Most of these crosses are now owned by the church or in private collections.
Antique jewelry object group: pendants Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe it to be of Belgian origin. Style: Victorian- ( styles overview) Style specifics: Period: ca. 1860 (events and facts in 1860) Source of inspiration: Christianity Theme: Cross Material: Silver on top and backed with 18K red gold (see explanation on silver on gold).- ( precious metals) Diamonds:Twelve senailles. A senaille is a simplified rose cutdiamond, a small diamond chip with perhaps a few polished facets. We do not have the weight of these diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to senailles. Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.- ( general birthstones explanation) More background information on: religious jewelry, cross Hallmarks: No trace.- ( general hallmarks info) Condition: very good condition- ( our condition scale) Dimensions: Height approximately 7.33 cm (2.89 inch) Weight: 15.50 gram (9.97 dwt)
Reference Nº: 08344-1917
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