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Iberian Crystal Cross Pendant

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Price: $225.00
Member Price: $202.50

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Description

The Museums collection includes an eighteenth-century gold cross pendant, lavishly decorated with crystals, made in Spain or Portugal. Our cross pendant is based on this dazzling original.

18K gold overlay, with crystal quartz. Lobster claw closure. Pendant: 2 1/4''L; chain: 18''L.

  • 18K gold overlay, with crystal quartz
  • Pendant: 2 1/4''L; chain: 18''L
  • Lobster claw closure

Art History

The cult of relics was an integral part of Catholic devotion from early in the Christian era. Wearing a jewel containing a relic served as a gesture of piety while also displaying ones personal wealth. Such devotional objects became especially popular in early seventeenth-century Spain, where sumptuary laws restricted most nonreligious personal adornment. Many of the most elaborate works produced by goldsmiths and jewelers were rosaries, crucifixes, and other Catholic emblems, which enabled their wearers to evade royal prohibitions on luxurious jewelry and other symbols of elite status. Extraordinary jewels were also donated to churches for the embellishment of revered devotional images.

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Description

The Museums collection includes an eighteenth-century gold cross pendant, lavishly decorated with crystals, made in Spain or Portugal. Our cross pendant is based on this dazzling original.

18K gold overlay, with crystal quartz. Lobster claw closure. Pendant: 2 1/4''L; chain: 18''L.





  • 18K gold overlay, with crystal quartz
  • Pendant: 2 1/4''L; chain: 18''L
  • Lobster claw closure




Art History

The cult of relics was an integral part of Catholic devotion from early in the Christian era. Wearing a jewel containing a relic served as a gesture of piety while also displaying ones personal wealth. Such devotional objects became especially popular in early seventeenth-century Spain, where sumptuary laws restricted most nonreligious personal adornment. Many of the most elaborate works produced by goldsmiths and jewelers were rosaries, crucifixes, and other Catholic emblems, which enabled their wearers to evade royal prohibitions on luxurious jewelry and other symbols of elite status. Extraordinary jewels were also donated to churches for the embellishment of revered devotional images.


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