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    Posted 6 years ago

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    As a comparison to the early 17th century cross I just posted, this cross shows the complete transition from a religious object to a material one.

    A large Iberian (likely Portuguese) cross, circa 1780-1800, with flat-cut emeralds and rose-cut diamonds. The cross is set in gold and the diamond surround is set in silver. The bow top is removable. It came in its original embossed leather case. Total length: 4 3/4"

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    1. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 6 years ago
      Extraordinary! Those emeralds were probably mined by Native South Americans for the Spaniards or Portuguese who had enslaved them ... what a history that piece must have!

      I do know of a sleeper piece I'm guessing may be of similar age and location, but not as fine as this. I'll post it and be interested in your opinion.
    2. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Wow! Absolutely gorgeous!
    3. BelleEpoque BelleEpoque, 6 years ago
      Superb! Fit for a queen!

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