Meaningful Ornamentation

Antique Cross Pendant of Heliotrope and Gold With Medallion, Around 1830

This pendant from the years around 1830 is a feast for the senses - and also a very special piece in several aspects. On the one hand, the pendant presents itself in the form of a large cross pattée with religious significance: the cross is the symbol of Christianity and shows its cross arms in the form of large, red-speckled heliotropes. This gemstone has been used for religious work since early Christianity because people wanted to recognize the blood of Christ, which he shed after being scourged, in the red inclusions of iron oxide. This is why heliotrope is also called bloodstone or blood jasper. The material of the cross thus refers to its form as a sign of the Passion of Christ. Centrally, the pendant shows a glazed compartment, the lid of which can be lifted out with a fingernail. A lock of hair can be inserted into this central compartment: Apparently the medallion cross was created as a memento or once contained a touch reliquary. Around this medallion compartment are deeply engraved rose petals, which in addition to a reference as a plant of the Virgin Mary, may also have a love connotation. This rose relief is repeated on the large gold eyelet, which also allows the cross to be worn on a strong chain or textile strap. Made in the years around 1830, this piece of jewellery found its way to us in London and is in very good condition. A lovely, rare piece of jewellery of the late so-called Georgian Era.

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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.