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Devotion in Gold: An 18th Century Belgian Baroque Cross

An exquisite example of 18th-century craftsmanship, this antique gold cross pendant exudes the grandeur of the Baroque era. Originating from Belgium, the piece is adorned with a central table-cut diamond, framed by additional rose-cut diamonds and senailles, adding a touch of historic luxury. The design, inspired by Christian symbolism, reflects a deep spiritual ethos. Crafted in 18k yellow gold and silver, the pendant showcases the era's quintessential silver-on-gold technique, enhancing the diamonds' natural lustre. This pendant, a testament to the rich artistic heritage of the period, resonates with the poise and opulence of its time.

Antique jewelry object group: pendant

Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of Belgian origin.

Style: Baroque - Baroque is an artistic style prevalent from the late 16th century to the early 18th century in Europe. It is most often defined as "the dominant style of art in Europe between the Mannerist and Rococo eras, a style characterized by dynamic movement, overt emotion and self-confident rhetoric".
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Style specifics: Baroque is a style in art and decoration that developed shortly before 1600 and remained current in Europe until the emergence of the Rococo style c.1730. It was started in Italy, and spread to Germany, Austria, the Low Countries, and Spain and Portugal, with only a somewhat severely classical version being popular in France under Louis XIV. The style was a development of the Renaissance style and is characterized by lively, curved, and exuberant forms, by vigorous movement, and by rich ornament, based on classical sources, being symmetrical as distinguished from the asymmetry of the following Rococo style.

Period: ca. 1730
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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: 18k yellow gold and silver, see also: The silver on gold technique
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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.

Diamond(s): One table cut rose cut diamond. We do not have the weight of this diamond which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts. and nine other rose cut diamonds and senailles . A senaille is a simplified rose cut diamond, a small diamond chip with perhaps a few polished facets. We do not have the weight of the rose cuts diamonds nor the senailles which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cut diamonds and senailles.

Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: 4,50 cm (1,77 inch) x 2,97 cm (1,17 inch)

Weight: 5,50 gram (3,54 dwt)

Reference Nº: 17090-0372

Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry



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Devotion in Gold: An 18th Century Belgian Baroque Cross
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