Regency Foiled Amethyst Cross in 15k Circa 1820
The Maltese Cross was officially adopted by the Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John in 1126. The eight points on the cross denote the eight obligations of the order of St. John, namely “to live in truth, have faith, repent one’s sins, give proof of humility, love justice be merciful, be sincere and whole-hearted, and to endure persecution.
A sensual Maltese cross with pearl embellishments, this sumptuous example is foiled in orchid to rose to magenta tones, creating that extremely desirable, endlessly enchanting depth that jewels of this era are known for. I’m especially fond of the amethyst and pearl top, and patterned collet settings on the pear and oval amethysts.
Materials & Features: 15k pink gold, amethyst, pearl
Age/Origin: Georgian, c. 1820
Measurements: 40mm top to bottom, 7.4 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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