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  • Very Rare 17th C. Reliquary Cross Pendant
  • Very Rare 17th C. Reliquary Cross Pendant
  • Very Rare 17th C. Reliquary Cross Pendant
  • Very Rare 17th C. Reliquary Cross Pendant

Estate

Very Rare 17th C. Reliquary Cross Pendant

$ 7,745

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Accredited Appraisal: $ 9,625

Item Details

METAL(S) Yellow Gold (20K)
OTHER MATERIAL(S) Enamel
CONDITION Good - enamel is worn in some areas
MARKINGS None
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN Spain
APPRAISED PERIOD 1690's
DIMENSIONS 2.1875" x 1.4375" x 0.25" in
WEIGHT 14.7 g

Estate

Very Rare 17th C. Reliquary Cross Pendant

When we first found this Spanish pendant, we had quite a bit of research to do to uncover its story. It was when we noticed a latch to the internal compartment that the story began to unfold. This cross was worn by a faithful church-goer in Madrid around 1680. On her way home, the smell of an uncleaned Sunday street was unappealing, and so she would open her cross to smell the perfumed beads inside. The condition of this piece is an incredible testament to craftsmanship and the timelessness of artful jewelry.

This is an exceptionally rare, masterfully crafted high carat 20K yellow gold cross pendant. Along the axes are eleven table-cut green paste stones, set in a rub over bezel (where the gold is smoothed over the edge of the paste), typical of the era. At each of the four terminals, an ornamental element is accented with white, green and burnt sienna (or red) enamel. 

The 2.1875 in x 1.4375 in x 0.25 in pendant opens up in the back. It weighs 14.7 g and is in good condition, with the enamel worn in some areas.

Note: Chain not included, but Gleem can provide one upon request.

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