Diamond Maltese Cross Brooch
This English Maltese Cross brooch glitters with robust old-cut diamonds set into silver-topped gold that has formed a rich patina, providing a dark stage upon which the diamonds can perform their magic with white light. Diamonds from this period were cut with crown-heavy proportions that balanced the stones’ unique capacity for creating fire, scintillation and brilliance. The brooch features a retractable pendant bail, converting easily into a pendant for a necklace. For a stylish look with period-appropriate flair, wear it as a pendant on a velvet ribbon, or as a complement to a rivière of old diamonds.
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Item #: BO-16759
Size: 2” length, 2” width
Materials: Old European-cut diamond (weighing approximately 2.25 carats); 129 Old European- and mine-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 15.75 carats); Silver-topped 15K gold; Retractable pendant bail; Together with antique box
Literature: The Maltese Cross in early-19th century jewelry is discussed in Understanding Jewelry, by David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti, Woodbridge, England: Antique Collectors’ Club, reprinted 2006, pp. 85-86