Antique Normandy Cruciform Pendant
Mesmerizing black dot paste (strass) stones and burnished antique silver demonstrate that unmistakable French flair for design. Two articulated elements with pastes set against a background of a lace-like silver snowflake make for a delicate and most feminine pendant brooch.
Triangular in shape, the upper form is accented at each of the three cardinal points with round paste stones set into large domes. In the center an additional paste is surrounded by a jeweled corona of fifteen diminutive clear white strass gems. A pear-shaped paste set within a similarly shaped dome dramatizes and completes its function as a pendant drop. All original, the pastes are brilliant, clear and shimmering and secure within their mounts.
Condition: Very good. The tube hinge has been re-soldered with silver solder with an overall silver solder base; some dimples are evident on the side. The C-clasp appears old and has a newer silver solder platform base. A new but period style pendant bale has been carefully added.
Measurements: 3-1/4 inches (8.2 cm) in length by 3-13/16 inches (7.2 cm) wide. This antique pendant has a weight of 17.6 grams. Each of the domes is 7/16 of an inch (1.1 cm) in diameter.
Date & Origin: Circa 1790; French in origin.
Historical Note: Normandy crosses were popular in France in the late 18th and early 19th century. Most were set with pastes and many utilized ornate frills on their edges for a lacy, open design.
Note: See our Jewelry History section for more information on this art form.