The beauty of creation

Splendid cross pendant with coloured stones & diamonds, around 1920

This large cross is a tribute to the beauty of creation, the richness of the earth and the splendour of the jeweller's art. The large design brings together the classic royal family of gemstones: rubies, sapphires and emeralds, as well as diamonds and genuine pearls. The gemstones are set in gold and platinum. A delicate platinum chain turns the pendant into a necklace. The design shows a Latin cross. Its beams, set with pearls and sapphires, intersect with a large emerald of intense green color and very good clarity. Old-cut diamonds surround it in two staggered circles. The ends of the beams are set with additional rubies, alongside other diamonds and emeralds. The cross was created in the years around 1920. The cuts of the approximately 5.58 diamonds attest to this, as does the workmanship typical of the period, with a yellow gold body preceded by a platinum face. This allows the diamonds and pearls to shine in a white setting. The coloured stones are then set in fine gold, as is typical of the time. Fine gold can also set delicate stones such as the large, intense green emeralds and the untreated rubies of the cross particularly well and securely. At the same time, its warm tone complements the intense colour of the gemstones particularly well. The precious cross is of exceptionally fine quality and comes with an external appraisal.

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.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

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.