Antique Georgian Cross Pendant

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Antique Georgian Cross Pendant

This antique Georgian cross pendant with garnets is crafted in silver, weighs 32.6g and measures 86mm long, 61mm wide and 7mm deep. This authentic Georgian pendant of Christian inspirational motif and impressive design depicts a Latin cross with anchored arms, representing two major pillars of Christianity: Faith and Hope attributed to cross and anchor respectively, the latter with reference to Pope Clement the Martyr who was condemned to death for his beliefs. This rare and meaningful cross of spiritual and aesthetic grace is adorned with 49 channel-set French square and calibre-cut garnets graded 'medium to vivid-red with a brownish hue' and 'fair' clarity. Mounted above a foil-backed closed setting to enhance the vivid color and reflective translucency, these 200 year old stones are enhanced by artistically chased contours creating a glittering effect. A well-constructed orbicular bale to support a sturdy chain concludes this exquisite Georgian garnet pendant. The legend ..More

This antique Georgian cross pendant with garnets is crafted in silver, weighs 32.6g and measures 86mm long, 61mm wide and 7mm deep. This authentic Georgian pendant of Christian inspirational motif and impressive design depicts a Latin cross with anchored arms, representing two major pillars of Christianity: Faith and Hope attributed to cross and anchor respectively, the latter with reference to Pope Clement the Martyr who was condemned to death for his beliefs. This rare and meaningful cross of spiritual and aesthetic grace is adorned with 49 channel-set French square and calibre-cut garnets graded 'medium to vivid-red with a brownish hue' and 'fair' clarity. Mounted above a foil-backed closed setting to enhance the vivid color and reflective translucency, these 200 year old stones are enhanced by artistically chased contours creating a glittering effect. A well-constructed orbicular bale to support a sturdy chain concludes this exquisite Georgian garnet pendant.

The legend of the martyrdom of S. Clement relates that, in the reign of Trajan when Mamertinus was prefect of the city, sedition arose among the rabble of Rome against the Christians, especially against Clement, bishop of Rome. Mamertinus interfered to put down the riot, and having arrested Clement, sent him to the emperor, who ordered his banishment to Pontus, where he was condemned to work in the marble quarries. He found many pagans among his fellow-convicts, comforted them and taught them to adhere to Christian faith, as a result of which he was convicted to death and ordered to be drowned in the sea with an anchor tied to his neck. His body was recovered by his disciple Phoebus and his relics found their way to Rome to be deposited in the church of San Clemente, where they are still reverently preserved. These consist of bones, some reddened earth, a broken vase containing some red matter, a little bottle similarly filled, and an inscription stating that these are the relics of the Holy Forty Martyrs of Scilita, and also of Flavius Clement. In art, S. Clement of Rome is represented as a Pope with an anchor at his side and his date of death being estimated at approximately 100 A.D.

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Center Stone Details
Stone:Garnets
Cut:Square
Carat Weight: N/A
Color: Medium to Vivid-Red with a Brownish Hue
Clarity: Fair
Other Stones
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Item Details
Measurements: 86mm(L) x 61mm(W) x 7mm(D)
Weight:32.6g
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