Carrying a cross...
Magnificent cross pendant with 6.27 ct diamonds in gold & platinum, circa 1910
The cross has remained a constant form in the history of Western jewellery: whether as a splendidly decorated example with rubies and diamonds in the Rococo period, worn by a court lady on a velvet ribbon - or whether in the many variations of bourgeois jewellery of the 19th century. Adapted to changing tastes, the cross pendant was often a confession of faith and fashion at the same time. Even in the avant-garde Art Deco of the 1920s, examples were created that paid homage to this graphic, geometric formal language. The present cross is completely in keeping with the style of the period around 1910. The fashion for white jewels had become more and more refined, and at that time permitted the finest webs of platinum on gold, always with diamonds set over the entire surface. 332 diamonds totalling 6.27 ct are also set here, occupying every millimetre of the surface. The strict Latin cross shape was softened by three-pass ends and internally pierced bars, in which an alternating setting of larger and smaller old-cut diamonds can be seen. The large old-cut diamonds were already cut in the 19th century and found a secondary use here, as evidenced by their cushion shape ("Old Mine Cut"). In those days it was not uncommon for expensive commissions - such as this cross - to be partially made with diamonds and gemstones from other pieces of jewellery that had become unfashionable. In this way, costs could be saved and heirlooms found new uses at the same time. As jewellery fashion had fundamentally changed in the early 20th century in favour of greater lightness and delicacy, many new pieces were commissioned - and we accordingly find many older diamonds worked into these new jewels. We have added a fine platinum chain to the precious cross. We discovered it in Lisbon, but stylistically it would have been welcome in any European metropolis. It is of exceptionally fine quality and comes with an external appraisal. A cross that is certainly a pleasure to wear!
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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.