Posted 6 years ago
This Arts & Crafts Silver and Chalcedony Cross is big! It's 10cm (4in) high and 6cm (2.4in) wide. The hand made chain is 72cm (28in) long.
I've had several suggestions about possible makers, including Bernard Instone, Edith Linnell, and Mary Thew.
Flowering crosses have a special place in Arts & Crafts jewellery. The Tree of Life is often seen in A&C pieces.
The tree of life (in the Garden of Eden) was often believed to prefigure The Cross, and there are legends that the wood of Christ’s cross actually came from the tree of life, or from a tree that grew from seeds of the tree of life.
There is another legend that says that upon Christ’s death The Cross burst into blooming flowers.
Among the earliest items of A&C jewellery, are the floral crosses designed by Edward Burne-Jones for John Ruskin, to donate to Whitelands College in Chelsea for their "May Queen". The story of these can be seen here: http://www.victorianweb.org/victorian/art/design/jewelry/gere/6.html
I'm still searching for one of these, let me know it you find one!