Antique Georgian Spanish Ruby Cross Pendant, circa 1780 For Sale
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Antique Georgian Spanish Ruby Cross Pendant, circa 1780

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A rare example of Spanish jewelry, this magnificent ruby 18 Kt gold cross, with substantial and strong bezels, is set with fourteen natural, oval rubies of fine quality ranging in size from 10 points to 20-25 points. The total weight of the stones is approximately 4.34 cts. The color is GIA rated at 5/5. The collets are closed backed as was the method for gems of the late 18th century. The cross has feather like rays hand sculptured by a goldsmith who did work so masterful, that the cross has survived totally intact and original after 230 years. Even the bale is original. As beautiful as the front, the back of this jewel is a treasure, totally engraved with leaves and roses that represent the blood of Christ as do the rubies. This cross was worn by a lady of wealth and stature as none other could own this quality at this time. It is a devotional jewel, very old but classic and wearable regardless of time or place. One would never find it outdated. One need not be a practicing Christian to appreciate the artistry and beauty that Spanish workmanship brought to this cross. It is an heirloom to cherish as a superior piece of jewelry history. Rubies happen to be the birthstone of those born in July. The weight is 8.80 grams. Measurements are 1 7/8 inches in height, 1 1/4 inches in width. I do not expect to find another such exceptional quality again. Excellent Condition The chain is for display purposes only.

Details

  • In the Style Of
  • Place of Origin
    Spain
  • Date of Manufacture
    c.1780
  • Period
    1780-1789
  • Length
    1.88 in. (47.76 mm)
  • Weight
    8.8 g
  • Seller Location
    Stamford, CT
  • Seller Reference Number
    #4030
  • Reference Number
    LU326797912
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