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The Art of Devotion: A Baroque Era Relic

Hailing from the height of Baroque artistry, circa 1680, this antique cross pendant embodies the grandeur and spiritual significance of its era. Crafted in 18K yellow gold, it showcases the exquisite craftsmanship typical of French or Belgian origin. The pendant is adorned with six table cut rose diamonds, set on foil to enhance their natural lustre, a testament to the advanced techniques of the time. Despite some wear on the gold, evident at the back, its historical charm remains intact. This piece, a fusion of devotional symbolism and artistic mastery, reflects the dynamic movement and rich ornamentation characteristic of Baroque style, offering a tangible connection to a bygone era of opulence and devotion.

Antique jewelry object group
cross pendant

Condition
acceptable condition (at the back the gold has been worn down at three places - check pictures)
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Country of origin
Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of French or 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
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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. 1680
Events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era.

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 (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.

Diamonds
Six 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 diamonds we offer are screened by the I.J.G.C. 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
Illegible remains.
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Dimensions
2,53 cm (1,00 inch) x 3,81 cm (1,50 inch)
see picture with a ruler in millimeters and inches

Weight
5,40 gram (3,47 dwt)

Adin Reference Nº
23096-0089

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