A fabulous antique Georgian pendant/ brooch depicting a Maltese cross decorated with a dazzling array of old cut paste stones that have been foil backed to increase their sparkle and simulate the beauty of diamonds.
Paste is a heavy, transparent flint glass that has been used since ancient times to simulate the beauty of gemstones. The art of cutting paste takes expert craftsmanship and the highest quality stones are often able to replicate the cut, colour and sparkle of natural gems to near perfection.
The Maltese cross was introduced to Malta in the 16th Century and has become a key symbol of the island's culture. It was originally used by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John in 1126 with its eight points representing their eight obligations. It is still worn today as a symbol of protection, honour, and faith.
The piece is fashioned in silver and gilded in high-carat gold along the back. It’s remained in excellent condition and is fitted with a loop and a new pin at the back so it can be worn as a pendant or brooch.
WEIGHT: 18.2 grams
MEASURES: Height 39mm (46mm inc. loop) x Width 39mm x Depth 7mm
METAL: Silver/ Gold Gilt (Tested)
AGE: Georgian. (Circa 1800 – 1830)
ITEM NUMBER: 23-816
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