Mystery of faith

Large gold & rock crystal pendant, circa 1820

This large pendant is a magnificent piece of jewelry that has given us some secrets. The large cross is made of high-carat gold, on which eleven polished spheres of a pink-coloured mineral are mounted. We puzzled for a long time as to what this might be: The mineral shows a glittering inner structure and the color seems to concentrate along the structures. These spheres are rock crystal that has been "crushed" by a heat treatment. This means that the mineral shows stress cracks, which do not affect the stability of the stone, but create a special effect in the light. Afterwards, the beads were obviously dyed, which explains that the color is concentrated along the cracks: Here the pigments could penetrate far into the crystal. Our cross is thus an interesting, splendid testimony to the changing world of the early 19th century. With the revolution in France, the break with the fashion and taste of the Rococo was complete in the German lands as well. The new style of Empire, Classicism, demanded clearer, simpler forms. But many peculiarities of the old time lived on for a long time, for individual peculiarities of taste are after all more stubborn than some fashions. A special passion of the Rococo was the love of coloured gems. To enhance their glow, therefore, even diamonds were placed in front of colored foils and various techniques were developed to color stones. Even though the new age now demanded clearer shapes, this joy of colour remained alive for a long time. Our pendant proves this. The design is composed of simple geometric basic forms and has none of the excess of the rococo period. The splendid colour ingeniously added to the rock crystal, however, still breathes the spirit of the earlier period. For dating, cf. among others Brigittte Marquardt: Schmuck. Klassizismus und Biedermeier 1780-1850, Munich 1983, pp. 186-188, chapter "Cross pendant".

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