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Large Georgian Silver Gilt & Emerald Cross Pendant

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A rare cross set with rectangular cut and shaped foil backed emeralds. In the Georgian period jewellers often set gemstones in closed back settings in order to enhance their brilliance by candlelight. Emeralds were hard to come by in the early 1800s so this would have been an expensive piece at the time. The silver is a lovely colour as it has been lightly gilded. It was made circa 1800-1820.

Written by Olly Gerrish
Date & OriginGeorgian (1714-1830), English
MeasurementsHeight just under 3 in / 7.5 cm
Width 1⅞ in / 4.6 cm
Emeralds approx total weight 12 + carats
Condition Very Good, ver slight chips to one emerald on end of right arm of cross
HallmarksUnmarked, tested to silver gilt
ProvenanceEnglish