Early Georgian Silver Ruby Cross

He wore this cross around his neck, on a ribbon that matched his dark dress robes. He stood in front of the devoted congregation, watching as they quietly chattered before his sermon was to begin. He smiled to himself, thankful for the beautiful summer morning, and for the friends and family he saw before him. He grabbed his cross, only for a moment, and whispered a prayer to himself. He walked to his podium, and gazed at the stained-glass windows bordering the pews, he watched how the sunlight strew across the walls, like a kaleidoscope. Instead of reading his rehearsed speech, he started to sing, ‘It Is Well’. Slowly, the congregation joined him, singing a little off key, and yet, at the same time, so eloquently.

This beautiful silver and ruby cross pendant was handcrafted during the beginning of the Rococo or the Late Baroque Era, around 1720, most likely in France. There are 11 table cut, foil backed rubies decorating this drop cross, which vary in shades of red and pink. Ribbon motifs helped to define this era of jewelry design, and this pendant is no exception as silver loops and wraps itself delicately around the cross, like a ribbon wound round a present. Colored gemstones, such as the rubies in this pendant, were more widely publicized and grew in popularity during this time. The overall measurements are 61 x 32.5 mm, with a weight of 7.8 grams. And it has been acid tested.

This should be the next addition to your jewelry box. It’s a lovely early piece, filled with heart and soul!

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