Antique Victorian Gemstone Cross Pendant And Silver Guard Chain Necklace
A spectacular antique Victorian cross pendant from the late 19th Century crafted in silver and bejewelled with an assortment of large cabochon gemstones, including violet amethysts, sky-blue sardonyx, patterned agates, lustrous mother of pearls and deep blue lapis lazuli with glittering gold specks.
Lapis Lazuli translates simply to “Blue Stone” and has been highly prized since ancient times as a stone of power and great wisdom with its deep blue colouring and speckled gold flecks viewed as a reflection of the stars and the heavens, making it divine.
The cross is accompanied by a long silver wheat guard chain, measuring 62 inches and is decorated with further violet amethysts and silver flowers across the length, leading to a claw clasp at the bottom.
It’s a remarkable Victorian find and can be worn as one long chain or looped two or even three times around the neck so the cross hangs at the chest.
WEIGHT: Cross 36.7 grams – Chain 17.7 grams
MEASURES: Chain Length 62 inches x Width 1.5mm, 7mm across the stones – Cross Height 123mm x Width 81mm x Depth 13mm
STONES: Lapis Lazuli (Largest 10 x 15mm), Sardonyx (Largest 11 x 11mm), Amethyst (Largest 9 x 9mm), Mother of Pearl (5 x 5mm), Agates (Largest 11 x 14mm)
AGE: Victorian. (Circa 1860 - 1880)
CONDITION: Some signs of wear on the cross but in very good condition for its age.
ITEM NUMBER: 01CP12
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