The 18K red gold filigree frills of this Georgian pendant from 1780 guide you through a twofold Latin cross and a heart-shaped surmount depicted by five grand table cut rose cut diamonds set on foil. This typical Belgian adornment, called a croix "à la Jeanette", exudes heritage and romance through the shimmer of 31 modest diamonds in silver sprouting as flower hearts and leafs.
Antique jewelry object group: pendants
Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe it is of Belgian origin.
Style: Georgian - Georgian style is the name given in most English-speaking countries to the set of styles current between 1720 and 1840. It is eponymous for the first four British monarchs of the House of Hanover—George I of Great Britain, George II of Great Britain, George III of the United Kingdom, and George IV of the United Kingdom—who reigned in continuous succession from August 1714 to June 1830.
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Period: ca. 1780
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Source of inspiration: Christianity
Theme: Cross - The cross is one of the most ancient human symbols, and is used by many religions, such as Christianity. It is frequently a representation of the division of the world into four elements (or cardinal points), or alternately as the union of the concepts of divinity, the vertical line, and the world, the horizontal line. (from: Wikipedia)
Material: Silver on top and backed with 18K red gold (see explanation on silver on gold).
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Technique: The rose cuts are set on foil. This is a special technique that was used to bring the lustre of the diamonds to its best quality.
The pendant features a gold loop and back, whilst the rest of it is executed in silver. This technique, called silver on gold, is quite common in pieces from that era. This practice stems from the fact that silver is the best material to enhance the natural sparkle and fire in the diamonds, whilst the gold prevents the wearer’s skin and clothes from tarnishing once the silver starts to oxidate.
Extra information: This type of pendant is typically Belgian in the late 18th till mid-19th century. They are called 'à la Jeannette'. The use of table-cut diamonds gives us the indication that the piece has been made somewhere in the 18th Century.
It was (and is) not uncommon with certain pieces of jewelry to be cut in two, three or even more pieces to avoid any hassle over an heritage. So was the case with this pendant. We bought it from a retired jeweller from a very little town who told us that he had bought the three pieces separate from three sisters who had it cut up in three when their parents past away. There were some 15 years between buying the first and the last part. Luckily enough the goldsmith who had separated them, had it done with great skill and respect for the piece itself so when the jeweller got all three pieces together, it was not a big work to make it into one piece again.
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