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Georgian Three Colour Gold Maltese Cross Pendant set with Chalcedony & A Ruby



The Maltese cross first appeared around the 1500s. It was known as the Cross of the Knights of St. John and was given to those individuals who had demonstrated acts of “valour and rescue”. Around the later part of the 18th century, this symbol of heroism incited a fashion craze. This is a good example and is beautifully made using three colours of gold and grey chalcedony for the arms. In the centre is a good rectangular cut ruby surrounded by fine white natural split pearls. On the reverse is a square locket section with hair inside.

Written by Olly Gerrish
Date & OriginGeorgian (1714-1830), English
MeasurementsFrom top of loop to base 2 in / 5.1 cm
From top to bace 1 ¾ in / 4.4 cm
Width 1 ¾ in / 4.4 cm
ConditionVery good
HallmarksUnmarked, tested to 15ct & 18ct gold