Pious & Splendid

Antique Cross Pendant With Diamond In Gilt Silver, Historicism, Circa 1880

Today, the cross is the instantly recognizable symbol of the Christian faith; a role it by no means always held. In the first two centuries of Christianity, representations of the cross were hardly known. The memory of Jesus' death on the cross was still too painful and close. Only in the 4th century the perception changes and the cross replaces older symbols. Throughout the centuries, the cross was also one of the most popular decorative motifs. Both a symbol of faith and a decorative accessory in one, crosses can be found as jewelry in a wide variety of designs and shapes. In the 19th century, faith played a much greater role than in our modern times. Also in the field of jewellery, crosses were widespread, with which you could show your personal piety to yourself and especially to others. The present cross pendant dates back to the 80s of the 19th century and shows itself in splendid decoration. The classic Latin cross is made of silver and bears a matt brushed fine gold plating. The intersection of the arms of the cross is adorned with applied floral ornaments that decoratively stand out against the undecorated background. In the center of the design is an oval decorative element that is centrally adorned with a sparkling old European cut diamond. According to the hallmark, the jewelry, probably made in Germany, was once exported to Vienna. Attractive and well preserved, the pendant is still a piece of jewelry that combines personal faith with a sense of beauty.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.