DescriptionOur stunning cross pendant is based on an eighteenth-century silver cross with inset diamonds, probably of French origin. The cross, on display in the Museum’s collection, is notable for the delicacy of its design and fineness of execution. Expert gem cutting and precision workmanship exemplified the jewelry offered to the Parisian elite during this period.
24K gold overlay, made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Pendant: 1 1/2''L; Chain: 18''L. Lobster claw closure.
- 24K gold overlay
- Lobster claw closure
- Chain: 18''LPendant: 1 1/2''L
Art HistoryIn eighteenth-century France, influential Paris jewelry makers created splendid adornments that were prized for their sparkling cut gemstones and fine workmanship. Following the French fashion, the European elite added elegant daytime and evening jewelry to their ensembles: women wore exquisite hair ornaments, brooches, rings, and pendants, while men sported jeweled snuff boxes, watch chains, buttons, and buckles.