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Dating back to around 1730, this 18th Century Belgian cross pendant is a serene yet devoted expression of faith. Crafted in 18k yellow gold and silver it features ten table cut rose diamonds, a hallmark of the period's craftsmanship. The design, while sober in its aesthetic, captures the essence of Baroque art with its dynamic and emotive qualities. This cross, a symbol steeped in Christianity, represents not only a spiritual connection but also the artistic heritage of an era renowned for its intricate and meaningful jewellery designs.
Antique jewelry object group: cross pendant (is being sold without pictured chain)
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: 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".
- See also: Baroque or more info on styles
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 (touchstone tested)
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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.
Extra information: Table rose cut diamond - The diamonds are cut in a way that is called a table rose cut diamond, a way of diamond polishing typical for the 15th till 18th Century.
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.
- All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting. Also we have all diamonds screened by the IJGC - lab (www.ijgc-worldwide.com) for whether they are natural or synthetic, and all diamonds in this jewel are 100% guaranteed to be natural!
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: height 4,48 cm (1,76 inch) - See picture with a ruler in cm and inches
Weight: 6,30 gram (4,05 dwt)
Adin Reference Nº: 20013-0058
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewellery
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