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Charmed by a Cause Maltese Cross Necklace Yellow Gold
By Charmed by a Cause
Located in Montclair, NJ
From the "Classic Collection" our Maltese Cross necklace is crafted from recycled 14K yellow, gold. Maltese cross measure 1/4" square. Hangs on 18" 14k gold cable chain. The Maltese...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Charmed by a Cause Maltese Cross Necklace Yellow Gold
By Charmed by a Cause
Located in Montclair, NJ
From the "Classic Collection" our Maltese Cross necklace is crafted from recycled 14K yellow, white, or rose gold. Maltese cross measure 1/4" square. Hangs from 16" 14k gold cable ch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Charmed by a Cause Maltese Cross Necklace Sterling Silver
By Charmed by a Cause
Located in Montclair, NJ
From the "Classic Collection" our Maltese Cross necklace is crafted from recycled sterling silver. Maltese cross measure 1/4" square. Hangs on an adjustable chain 16"-18". Also avail...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Castlecliff Maltese Cross Necklace, Costume Jewelry
By Castlecliff
Located in Stamford, CT
Large Maltese cross of black and red enamel with white and red ribbed cabochons set in gilt metal suspended from a 24" gold tone chain. May be worn as a brooch as well.
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Vintage 1960s Drop Necklaces

Early Yves Saint Laurent Maltese Cross Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Large and early Yves Saint Laurent silver gilt metal Maltese Cross pendant necklace with faux round pearl cabochons further set with faceted cut square crystal pastes in faux ruby, a...
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Vintage 1970s Pendant Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

"Gold" Jeweled Maltese Cross Necklace, Costume Jewelry
Located in Stamford, CT
Prong set orange, green, and yellow rhinestones on a gold maltese cross hung on a double gold chain. Chain is 24 inch long. Cross is 2.5 inch square.
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Vintage 1960s Drop Necklaces

1970s AGL Certified Sapphire Diamond Maltese Cross Necklace
Located in Miami, FL
This magnificent necklace, crafted in 18 karat yellow gold, features 350 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately 5 carats total, F color, VS clarity. The necklace is acce...
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Vintage 1970s Modern Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Massive Stephen DWECK Sterling tigers Eye Maltese Cross Necklace, New Never worn
By Stephen Dweck
Located in Wallkill, NY
Large in scale, pictures don't depict how large the cross is. Sterling silver with gold gilt over it. Tigers eyes and what looks to be agate on the necklace. Simply Stunning. Measure...
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Vintage 1980s Drop Necklaces

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Tiger's Eye, Sterling Silver

Early Victorian Amethyst Maltese Cross Gold Necklace
Located in New York, NY
An early Victorian foiled back amethyst maltese cross pin and pendant suspended from a unique chain necklace accented by collet set foiled oval amethysts. The necklace is 14k gold, ...
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Antique 1860s Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Amethyst, 14k Gold

Chanel Pink Tourmaline Gold Maltese Cross Pendant Necklace
By Chanel
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Pink Tourmaline Maltese Cross Pendant Necklace by Chanel. With 1 round cabochon pink tourmaline 13mm Details: Length: 18" Pendant: 2 1/4" x 1 1/2" Weight: 64...
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1990s Drop Necklaces

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Tourmaline, 18k Gold

Platinum Diamond Maltese Cross Pendant
Located in Dallas, TX
This platinum Maltese cross pendant is bezel set with four tapered baguette diamonds weighing an approximate combined 0.28 carats weigh G coloring and VS1 clarity. The center of the ...
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2010s Modern Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, Platinum

Elizabeth Showers Maltese Cross Handmade Necklace 18 Karat Yellow Gold
By Elizabeth Showers
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Designer: handmade by Elizabeth Showers Material: 18k yellow gold Dimensions: necklace is 40 inches long and 1 inch wide Weight: 35.20 grams Retail: $8,600
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Chain Necklaces

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Alexis Kirk Massive Glass Jeweled Maltese Cross Choker Necklace c 1980
By Alexis Kirk
Located in University City, MO
Alexis Kirk Massive glass jeweled maltese cross choker necklace The wide gilt metal stretch choker is adorned with a large scale maltese cross glass stone stationary pendant Makes ...
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Late 20th Century Modern Choker Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

Escada Runway Massive Maltese Cross, 1980s
Located in Wallkill, NY
Red, Green , purple a Blue on this massive Escada Runway piece The Cross measures 4.66 / 118.48 mm wide and High. The Chain 29 inches. Total drop is about 38 inches. Many more pieces...
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Vintage 1980s Drop Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

20th Century Sterling Silver & Blue Topaz Maltese Cross Pendant Necklace
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
20th Century Byzantine Style Sterling Silver & authentic Blue Topaz Maltese Cross Pendant Necklace. This finely crafted long sterling silver chain link necklace with large sterling s...
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20th Century Byzantine Pendant Necklaces

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Blue Topaz, Sterling Silver

Victorian 14k Gold Multi-Gems Maltese Cross Pendant
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Amazing Victorian Maltese cross pendant created in the 1900s. The pendant is made of 14 karat (tested) yellow gold, and multi-gemstones. Measurements: 1 ¾” x 1 ¾” (4.3 x 4.3 centime...
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Antique Early 1900s Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Multi-gemstone, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage JEAN LOUIS SCHERRER Jewelled Maltese Cross Pendant
By Jean-Louis Scherrer
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage JEAN LOUIS SCHERRER Jewelled Maltese Cross Pendant Measurements: Length: 2.44 inches (6.2 cm) Width: 2.44 inches (6.2 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic JEAN LOUIS SCHERRER PAR...
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Vintage 1980s Pendant Necklaces

Maltese Diamond Cross by Judith Ripka in White Gold
By Judith Ripka
Located in New York, NY
-Mint condition -18k White gold -Length: 16” -Dimension: 0.7x0.7” -Diamonds: 1.2ct
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2010s More Necklaces

Antique Victorian Diamond Demantoid Garnet Pearl Maltese Cross Pendant / Brooch
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1880s This magnificent Victorian era pendant / brooch is designed as a large Byzantine (frequently called Maltese) cross set with bright white diamonds, gray pearls, and vivid...
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Antique Late 19th Century Victorian Drop Necklaces

Maltese Cross Black Onyx White Agate 18 Karat Gold Pendant
Located in New York, NY
A spectacular Maltese Cross Pendant in gorgeous carved White Agate with a faceted square Black Onyx center set in 18 Karat Yellow Gold with an 18 Karat bale. The stunning cross is s...
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20th Century Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Agate, Onyx, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

Antique Victorian Mourning Pendant, Maltese Cross, 9k Yellow Gold and Hairwork
Located in NEWARK, GB
A gorgeous, rare antique, early Victorian Maltese Cross mourning pendant or locket. Made from 9kt yellow gold the front is set with a faceted paste in a light yellow / clear colour,...
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Antique 19th Century Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Carnelian, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold

John Hardy 18 Karat Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Maltese Cross Pendant
By John Hardy
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Designer: John Hardy Material: 18K yellow gold Diamond: 107 round cut = .53cttw Color: G Clarity: VS2 Dimensions: pendant measures 34.5 X 22.5mm Weight: 8.28 grams
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21st Century and Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Yosca Gilt Gold Large Maltese Multi Colored Cross - Never Worn 1980s
Located in Wallkill, NY
Maltese Cross Gerard Yosca 1980s. Gilt Gold Necklace. Blue, green, pink and amber crystal Faux Pearl center with a Large over sized link chain, Measuring 3.63 in top to bottom long ...
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Vintage 1980s Drop Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

32+ Carat Amethyst Tsavorite Diamond Maltese Cross Large Enhancer Pendant 18KY
By Tom Castor
Located in Lambertville , NJ
This Custom Designed and Crafted, One of a Kind Statement Enhancer Pendant by Artisan Tom Castor features Brilliant Contrasting Color and a Large Presence in the Classic Maltese Cros...
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2010s Artisan Necklace Enhancers

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Multi-gemstone, Amethyst, Diamond, White Diamond, Garnet, Tsavorite, 18k...

18k Yellow and White Gold Green/Pink Sapphire and Diamond Maltese Cross Pendant
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Designer: custom Material: 18K yellow and white gold Green Sapphire: 2.35cttw Pink Sapphire: 1.50cttw Diamond: 20 round cut = .50cttw Color: G Clarity: SI1 Dimensions: pendant measur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, Pink Sapphire, Green Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

White Gold Sapphire Diamond Maltese Cross Enhancer Pendant 18k Cabochon 4.70ctw
Located in Greensboro, NC
Metal Content: 18k White Gold Stone Information: Genuine Sapphire Treatment: Heating Carat: .70ct Cut: Round Cabochon Color: Blue Natural Diamonds Carats: 4.00ctw Cut: Round ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

Sphinx Jeweled Maltese Cross Pin Pendant Chain Necklace in Gold, 20th Century
By sphinx
Located in Milford, DE
This glamorous 20th century Maltese cross pin pendant chain necklace is decorated with ruby, aquamarine, and topaz emerald crystals. For a sophisticated and stylish look! There's so...
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20th Century Retro Brooches

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Crystal, Gold Plate

Oscar de la Renta Maltese Cross Necklace
By Oscar De La Renta
Located in Sydney, NSW
Statement Maltese Cross Necklace with Pate de Verre details in Purple ,Red and Smokey Grey. Set in a chunky antique gold chain. Finished with extender for the prefect fit.
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2010s Contemporary More Necklaces

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Other, Gold Plate

Victorian French Jet Maltese Cross Necklace
Located in New York, NY
C.1860. A beautiful and dramatic Victorian French jet Maltese cross necklace. The necklace is designed with three Maltese crosses (the largest in center) and eight faceted drops in ...
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Antique 1860s Victorian Drop Necklaces

Julia Post Diamond Silver Maltese Cross Necklace
Located in Corona Del Mar, CA
Designer: Other Type: Jewelry Condition: Pre-owned in excellent condition Color: Silver Material: Metal Dimensions: Length: 17" Description: Sku: 200677
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21st Century and Contemporary More Necklaces

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Diamond

Baccarat Sterling & Full Lead Crystal Maltese Cross Necklace
By Baccarat
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This necklace is designed by Baccarat in sterling silver and full lead crystal. A double cross pendant is the focal point of the necklace with a unique black bead and sterling chain ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Pendant Necklaces

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Crystal, Sterling Silver

Georgian Agate Maltese Cross Pendant
Located in London, GB
The 4 light Brown and White Agate arms of the Cross are cut from the same piece of stone, polished and mounted so that the bands in the Agate radiate from the central cabochon. Very ...
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Antique 1790s Necklace Enhancers

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Agate, 18k Gold

Georgian Agate Maltese Cross Pendant
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H 1.58 in. W 1.58 in.
Rubellite Tourmaline Maltese Cross Pendant
By The Golden Eye
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Our 18k gold Maltese Cross pendant turns palatial, fitted with a 2.16ct rubellite tourmaline cabochon, luscious faceted rubellite 1.08tcw, and .20cts twinkling diamonds. At 2" in len...
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2010s Contemporary Drop Necklaces

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Rubelite, Tourmaline, White Diamond, 18k Gold

Signed Kenneth Jay Lane KJL Crystal Maltese Cross Pendant Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
This signed Kenneth Jay Lane necklace features a maltese cross design with smoky & clear crystals in a gun metal setting. The link chain measures 28” x ¼”; the pendant is 2-1/2” x 2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Drop Necklaces

Elizabeth Rand Diamond Maltese Cross on Silk Cord
By Elizabeth Rand
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Matt finish 18kt. yellow gold Maltese cross by Elizabeth Rand. The enhancer back pendant is re-movable from the gold capped silk braided 15 1/2 inch cord. The cross measures 2 3/4 in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Gem and Gold Maltese Cross Pendant, circa 1820
Located in Munich, DE
An enchanting Maltese cross pendant from the early 19th century. It is made from carved milky chalcedony. To the center, the cross is filigrain granulated in 14 Karats/ 18 Karats gol...
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Antique Early 19th Century Pendant Necklaces

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Rock Crystal, Topaz, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Indicolite Tourmaline Maltese Cross Pendant in Sterling Silver and 22 Karat Gold
By The Golden Eye
Located in Santa Fe, NM
The velvety richness of blue green indicolite tourmaline speaks volumes in our mixed metal Maltese Cross Pendant. The cabochon center stone 3.39 cts. and faceted satellite stones .89...
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2010s Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, Tourmaline, 22k Gold, Sterling Silver

CHANEL Gripoix Glass Maltese Cross Necklace
By Chanel
Located in Holland, PA
Vintage Gripoix Glass Maltese Cross Necklace from CHANEL. Measurements: 18'' long, pendant is 67mm (including bale) by 46mm Weight: 74.1grams Stamped Hallmarks: Chanel, made in...
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1990s Link Necklaces

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Base Metal

Vintage CHRISTIAN LACROIX Wood Resin Maltese Cross Necklace
By Christian Lacroix
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage CHRISTIAN LACROIX Wood Resin Maltese Cross Necklace Measurements: Height: 3 1/8 inches (7.9 cm) Width: 2 3/8 inches (6 cm) Depth: 3/8 inch (0.95 cm) Features: - 100% Authen...
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20th Century Chain Necklaces

Cartier Large Gold Maltese Cross Necklace 1970s
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1970s Cartier 18K White and Yellow Gold Maltese Cross Pendant on a Gold Wire Torque. Signed, Numbered and Having French Hall Marks. Pendant Measurement 2.5 inch Diameter.
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Vintage 1970s Choker Necklaces

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18k Gold

1980's Vintage Chanel Gripoix Maltese Cross Necklace
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel authentic gripoix maltese cross pin, mounted on recent gold tone metal necklace. Pendant can be worn separately as a pin. Collection 25, mid 80s , by Victoire de Castellaine. ...
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Vintage 1980s Pendant Necklaces

Chanel 70's Gripoix Glass 3-row Maltese Cross Necklace
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This CHANEL Choker has one gripoix glass star, two gripoix crosses and two golden crosses. Each golden cross has a red gripoix glass on its center. 3-row golden chain with red, purpl...
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Vintage 1970s Multi-Strand Necklaces

Baccarat Sterling and Full Lead Crystal Maltese Cross Necklace
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This necklace is designed by Baccarat in sterling silver and full lead crystal. A double cross pendant is the focal point of the necklace with a unique black bead and sterling chain ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Beaded Necklaces

Chanel Maltese Gripoix Cross Jewel Necklace
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel faux-pearl necklace with gripoix Maltese cross pendant. Crystal, red, and blue pendant. Designed by Victoire de Castellane. Pendant: 3.5"L x 2"H. Comes with the original box.
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Vintage 1980s Pendant Necklaces

Late Georgian Garnet Maltese Cross Pendant Necklace
Located in Narberth, PA
An absolutely stunning garnet necklace from the late Georgian (ca1850s) era. Crafted in rosy 18kt gold, this fantastic piece is comprised of a beautiful Maltese cross which hangs fro...
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Antique 1850s Georgian Pendant Necklaces

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Garnet, 18k Gold

Maltese Cross Hearts and Pearl Gold Necklace
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Created in 14KT yellow gold is this eye-catching necklace of Maltese crosses alternating with heart links, all set with approx. 5.70 carat of Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds. The neckl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Renaissance Revival More Necklaces

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Diamond, Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold

1990's Vintage Chanel Maltese Cross Fish Necklace
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel 90s extra long necklace with maltese cross pendant and fish beads. Can be worn single or double. Comes with original pouch or box.
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1990s Pendant Necklaces

Fabulous Eighties Maltese Cross
Located in Litchfield, CT
Circa 1980s, 18k, American. Set with lush natural cultured baroque pearls, sapphire, peridot, amethyst, iolite, citrine, and rubelite tourmaline, this unusual Maltese cross is a ra...
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Vintage 1980s Necklace Enhancers

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Cultured Pearl, Peridot, Rubelite, Blue Sapphire, Amethyst, Citrine, Iol...

Chanel Maltese Cross Pendant
By Chanel
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A statement making necklace by Chanel with a Maltese cross pendant set with an emerald cut piece of cranberry glass and dimpled glass pearls. The chain itself is beautifully detailed...
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Vintage 1980s Chain Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

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W 3.5 in. L 18.75 in.
Vintage 1994 CHANEL Jumbo Logo Maltese Cross Tortoiseshell Necklace
By Chanel
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage 1994 CHANEL Jumbo Logo Maltese Cross Tortoiseshell Necklace Measurements: Pendant Height: 3.15 inches (8 cm) Chain Height: 0.78 inch (2 cm) Wearable Length: 33.07 inches (84...
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1990s Pendant Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Givenchy Silvertone Maltese Cross Pendant
By Givenchy
Located in Stamford, CT
Rusticated abstract Maltese cross by Givenchy in a silver finish on an 18" chain.
Maltese Cross by Judith Ripka
Located in New York, NY
18l white gold and diamond cross suspended fro 18k white gold and diamond chain, accompanied by 18k white gold and braided leather necklace total of 39 diamonds approximate weight 2....
Gold Maltese Cross Pendant Necklace By Kenneth Jay Lane, 1990s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - 36" chain length - Pendant measures 2.5" x 2.5" - Pendant can also be used as a brooch - Gold plated - Clear crystal rhinestone accents - Clasp closure - By K...
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1990s Modern Chain Necklaces

Victorian Sapphire Diamond Maltese Cross Pendant
Located in Narberth, PA
An incredible sapphire and diamond pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This fabulous piece is made of 15kt yellow gold (indicating English origin) and has a brilliant multi ston...
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Antique 1880s Victorian Necklace Enhancers

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Diamond, Sapphire, 15k Gold

Late Georgian Chrysolite Gold Maltese Cross
By Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
Located in Stamford, CT
A stunning beaded 18 kt gold setting adds to the lovely show of green chrysolite in this small gem that gets large amounts of attention. The stones are clear with strong color. Size ...
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Antique 1830s Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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18k Gold

Georgian Chalcedony & Gemset Maltese Cross Pendant
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
18K Yellow Gold Chalcedony, Emerald, Pearl Maltese Cross - Handmade, Over 2 centuries old & great condition, Excellent craftsmanship, Very rare Georgian pendant, 1.75 inches tall by ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Drop Necklaces

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Emerald, Natural Pearl, Chalcedony

80s AFJ Gold Maltese Cross Pendant Pin
Located in San Francisco, CA
80s AFJ Gold Maltese Cross Pendant Pin
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Vintage 1980s Pendant Necklaces

Georgian Maltese Rock Crystal Cross in Sterling
By Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
Located in Stamford, CT
After years, (they show up rarely) with cheers, we offer a rock crystal maltese cross with clear, brilliant foiled stones. The center stone is black dot in the style of an old mine ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Georgian Drop Necklaces

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Rock Crystal, 9k Gold, Sterling Silver

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Maltese Cross
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent, Rive Gauche, textured, gold tone, Maltese cross having a faux emerald cabochon stone on a long gold chain.
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Vintage 1980s Pendant Necklaces

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H 3.25 in. W 2.5 in. L 41 in.
Oscar de la Renta Signed Faux Multi Gem Maltese Cross Statement Necklace
By Oscar De La Renta
Located in Montreal, QC
Fabulous signed Oscar de la Renta Runway Faux Pearl Necklace suspending a Beautiful Large Faux Amber and Faux Diamond Maltese Cross; Hand Knotted Glass Pearls; Signed With Script Sig...
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1990s Contemporary More Necklaces

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Gold Plate

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Maltese Cross Necklace For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact maltese cross necklace you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Each design created in this style — which was crafted with great care and often made from Gold, 18k Gold and Yellow Gold — can elevate any look. You can easily find a 36 antique edition and 14 modern creations to choose from as well. Finding the perfect maltese cross necklace may mean sifting through those created during different time periods — you can find an early version that dates to the 19th Century and a newer variation that were made as recently as the 21st Century. Finding an appealing maltese cross necklace — no matter the origin — is easy, but Elizabeth Locke, Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection and Cartier each produced a popular version that is worth a look. A maltese cross necklace of any era or style can lend versatility to your look, but a version featuring Diamond, from our inventory of 12, is particularly popular. Today, if you’re looking for a round cut version of this piece and are unable to find the perfect match, our selection also includes square cut and baguette cut alternatives. Most of our maltese cross necklace for sale are for women, but there are 13 pieces available to browse for men.

How Much is a Maltese Cross Necklace?

The price for a maltese cross necklace starts at $95 and tops out at $115,150 with these necklaces, on average, selling for $2,520.

Finding the Right Necklaces for You

We are fortunate to know much of the world’s long and dazzling history of necklaces, as this type of jewelry was so treasured that it was frequently buried with its owners.

Lapis lazuli beads adorned necklaces unearthed from the royal graves at the ancient Iraqi civilization of Sumer, while the excavation of King Tut’s burial chamber revealed a sense of style that led to a frenzy of Art Deco designs, with artisans of the 1920s seeking to emulate the elegant work crafted by Ancient Egypt’s goldsmiths and jewelry makers. 

In ancient times, pendant necklaces worn by royalty and nobles conferred wealth and prestige. Today, wearing jewelry is about personal expression: Luxury diamond necklaces exude confidence and can symbolize the celebratory nature of a deep romantic relationship, while paper-clip chain-link necklaces designed by the likes of goldsmith Faye Kim are firmly planted in the past as well as the present. Kim works exclusively with eco-friendly gold, and these fashionable, fun accessories owe to the design of 19th-century watch fobs. 

For some, necklaces are thought of as being a solely feminine piece, but this widely loved accessory has been gender-neutral for eons. In fact, just as women rarely took to wearing a single necklace during the Renaissance, men of the era layered chains and valuable pendants atop their bejeweled clothing. In modern times, the free-spirited hippie and counterculture movements of the 1960s saw costume-jewelry designers celebrating self-expression through colorful multistrand necklaces and no shortage of beads, which were worn by anyone and everyone. 

Even after all of these years, the necklace remains an irrefutable staple of any complete outfit. Although new trends in jewelry are constantly emerging, the glamour and beauty of the past continue to inform modern styles and designs. In a way, the cyclical history of the necklace differs little from its familiar looped form: The celebrated French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels found much inspiration in King Tut, and, now, their Alhambra collection is a go-to for modern royals. Vintage necklaces designed by David Webb — whose work landed him on the cover of Vogue in 1950, two years after opening his Manhattan shop — were likely inspired by the ornamental styles of ancient Greece, Mesopotamia and Egypt

On 1stDibs, browse top designers like Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Bvlgari, or shop by your favorite style, from eye-catching choker necklaces to understated links to pearl necklaces and more. 

Questions About Maltese Cross Necklace
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A necklace with a cross on it typically means that the person wearing it is a Christian. The cross represents the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and wearing one is traditionally a symbol of religious faith. However, some people wear vintage and antique cross jewelry only as a fashion statement. Find a wide variety of cross necklaces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    What a Maltese cross symbolizes is largely a matter of personal interpretation. Some first responders wear the cross to represent their willingness to die to protect others. The cross may also represent the Sovereign Military Order of Malta or serve as a general symbol of protection. You'll find a variety of Maltese cross jewelry and decorative objects on 1stDibs.