Antique Georgian Foiled Amethyst & Pearl Cross Pendant
The cross is one of the most iconic jewels of the 18th century, representing faith and spirituality. Fashionable women wore their crosses both by day and by night. During the Georgian era, colored gems were typically set in closed gold settings with foiled backings to reflect the light. Keep in mind there was no electricity back then so foiling helped to enhance the sparkle of gems in candlelight.
This beautiful Georgian cross pendant features foiled garnets in pinched collet settings along side pearl accents. The central 9.4mm amethyst is backed with pink foil. The reverse features a locket with plaited hair. It measures 38.3mm tall and approximately 26.2mm wide. Not marked but tested as 9k gold. There are no markings, which is common for pieces from this time.
There appears to have been other pieces once attached between the cross's arms - there is evidence of this removal. The locket back has been soldered shut.
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