Antique French 18K & Silver Mine & Rose Diamond Ruby Cross Pendant, Edwardian
2 1/2" north to south X 1 1/2" east to west and gorgeous! This French (with eagle purity mark for France on the side, as shown) early Edwardian era cross is a rare survival and glorious! 79 carat of rose cut diamonds, centering a bezel set fine early European cut diamond with accenting bright red calibre cut synthetic rubies. Weight is 6.77 grams. Cross pendant is in outstanding undamaged condition, and is very impressive on the neck. Some information on synthetic gemstones in period jewelry. If you are familiar with jewelry from this period it is especially in jewelry of this period where synthetic rubies, sapphires, and emeralds were popularly used to accent diamonds - especially in high end jewels. This was due to the ability to match the colors perfectly and for their ability to precision calibre cut the gemstones. Synthetics of this period were by no means cheap - they were often just as expensive if not more! Hen synthetic gemstones first came onto the market they were highly praised, not only for their beauty but also for the ability of the jeweler to match the hue of the stone when paring multiples stones. Therefore diamonds were often accented by synthetic gemstones.
In fact, the majority of pieces from the Edwardian and Art Deco era that have accent rubies, or sapphires are synthetic stones. These synthetics were just not a cheap alternative - often their price rivaled their natural cousins - but their matching ability could not be rivaled - for this reason much of the high jewelry of this era features these gorgeous gems. This does not devalue these antique pieces; it is in fact one of the ways of ascertaining its age. The item "Antique French 18K & Silver Mine & Rose Diamond Ruby Cross Pendant, Edwardian" is in sale since Sunday, July 12, 2020.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "collectingaddiction" and is located in Monterey, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Era: Edwardian
- Country/Region of Manufacture: France
- Style: Pendant
- Metal Purity: 18k
- Main Stone: Diamond
- Metal: Yellow Gold
- Brand: Antique