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Baroque Brilliance: la Jeannette Diamond Heart Cross Pendant

A resplendent Baroque pendant, believed to be of northwestern European descent, resonates with the exuberance of circa 1720. This ' la Jeannette' piece, showcasing a heart and cross motif, is masterfully crafted in 14k yellow gold with silver accents, a hallmark of the era's luxurious aesthetic. Adorned with an extraordinarily large center diamond and 21 other diamonds combining table and rose cuts, set on foil to enhance their radiance, it embodies the period's artistic zeal. A testament to devout symbolism and ornamental grandeur, it's a treasure reflecting the vibrant movement and emotion of its time, preserved in very good condition.

Antique jewelry object group

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 northwestern European origin (Dutch/Belgian)

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.

ca. 1720
Events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era.

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)

14k yellow gold and silver , see also: The silver on gold technique (touchstone tested)
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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
This type of pendant is typically Belgian and generally made in the late 18th till mid-19th century. They are called 'à la Jeannette' . A croix à la Jeanette (French for: "cross in the style of Jeanette"). It is a pendant in the form of a heart with a latin cross dangling from it.

One extra ordinary large center stone in a size we have never had before in our collection and 21 more some sort of combination between table cut rose cut diamonds and flat cut old brilliant cut diamonds and five 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 these diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cut diamonds and senailles.

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.

Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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No trace.
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height 7,52 cm (2,96 inch)
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16,30 gram (10,48 dwt)

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