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Cross of Class: The 18th Century Symbol of Wealth and Worship

Crafted around 1720, this 18th Century Belgian cross pendant is a distinguished artifact from a bygone era. Composed of 18K yellow gold and adorned with ten table cut rose diamonds, it epitomizes the refined elegance cherished by the well-to-do of the time. The use of the foil setting technique maximizes the lustre of the diamonds, adding a subtle yet captivating sparkle. This cross, a symbol deeply rooted in Christianity, served not only as a spiritual emblem but also as a marker of social stature, reflecting the devout yet sophisticated lifestyle of its original wearers.

Antique jewelry object group: pendant

Condition: very good 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: Rococo - Rococo (less commonly roccoco) also referred to as "Late Baroque" is an 18th century style which developed as Baroque artists gave up their symmetry and became increasingly more ornate, florid, and playful. Rococo rooms were designed as total works of art with elegant and ornate furniture, small sculptures, ornamental mirrors, and tapestry complementing architecture, reliefs, and wall paintings. It was largely supplanted by the Neoclassic style. In 1835 the Dictionary of the French Academy stated that the word Rococo "usually covers the kind of ornament, style and design associated with Louis XV's reign and the beginning of that of Louis XVI". It includes therefore, all types of art produced around the middle of the 18th century in France.
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Style specifics: Rococo is a style of decoration that followed, c.1730, the baroque style in France (where it was also called rocaille), the principal features of which are asymmetry of ornament and a repertoire consisting to a considerable extent of rockwork, shells, flowers, foliage, and scrollwork. It was developed in France under Louis XV, 1715-74, and spread to Italy, Germany, and Austria and to a lesser extent to England.

Period: ca. 1720
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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
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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): Ten table cut rose cut diamonds. We do not have the weight of the diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts.

Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: 4,37 cm (1,72 inch) x 2,18 cm (0,86 inch)

Weight: 5,80 gram (3,73 dwt)

Reference Nº: 18248-0024

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