Everyone has his cross to bear...

Splendid cross pendant of onyx, gold & pearls, Italy circa 1880

Crosses are among the most popular pieces of jewellery in the Christian cultural area. Throughout the centuries they have been both a symbol of faith and a fashion accessory, offering the religiously sanctioned opportunity to distinguish oneself with them, their shape and their decoration. Often Christian children are given necklaces with crosses for their baptism or first communion and almost all great jewellery designers have tried their hand at this ancient form of jewellery and produced wonderful decorative crosses that are far more than just professions of faith. This precious cross from the years around 1880 was discovered in Munich and brought to Berlin. It is large and extremely magnificent. The cross beams are cut from a black onyx, to which another cross made of high-carat gold and genuine pearls is centrally applied. A large loop suggests that the cross was probably originally worn on a velvet ribbon. Today, however, it can just as easily be imagined on a gold chain. Presumably, the shiny black cross, which according to the hallmarks was made in Italy, is a piece of mourning jewellery. In the 19th century, pearls were the only precious stones that could be worn during mourning, apart from the dark onyx or comparable black gemstones. They were considered both a sign of pure love and symbols of tears. But today, even without being sad, this pendant can decorate and be both: Fashion accessory and profession of faith.

In past centuries, death was still omnipresent. Life expectancy was low and the confrontation with death was as present as it was unavoidable. Jewellery had a deep symbolic meaning in this context. Its special role in the area of death, mourning and commemoration can be traced back to the earliest times. A multitude of rules and norms of behaviour were intended to alleviate the grief of the bereaved and to satisfy society's ideas of decency. According to the degree of kinship, mourning times were meticulously determined during which special clothing was to be worn. The mourning clothes also included specially made jewellery whose forms and symbolic contents changed over the centuries.

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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.