Lit From Within - Black Dot Paste Pendant
Lit and ablaze with a myriad of rainbow rays, this Maltese cross pendant is a must have as an exemplar example of fine black dot paste (please see our reference section for additional information) that has become very scarce in the marketplace. Crafted with the same quality workmanship and attention to detail as fine diamond jewelry, this stand-out paste Maltese cross pendant has been set into a silver mounting with a rose gold washed back. The superb pastes are all clear and white; hand made and hand cut, they have been carefully and laboriously placed into this meticulous hand wrought setting.
The pendant measures 1-1/2 inches (3.7 cm) each way and is more than 1/16 of an inch (0.4 cm) in thickness. This antique pendant has a weight of 13 grams. In excellent condition with all of the pastes original. Possible later "O" fitting. Dates to circa 1790 – 1810. Virtually dazzling when viewed.
Historical notes: The origin of the Maltese cross dates to the 1500s and the Crusades when a group of men referred to as the Knights of Jerusalem took on a mission to aid and protect travelers on their way to the Holy Land. Historically the eight points of the cross had specific symbolic meanings for the Knights. This cross however, is associated with a style rather than a mission. In the later part of the 18th and into the 19th century, the Maltese cross, although having been used for hundreds of years as a symbol of protection and badge of chivalry, was embraced by those dedicated followers of fashion and style, the Georgians.