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The cross is handmade filigree of 18 karat yellow gold. The cross is mid-Victorian circa 185 0 and is from Atlanta. The gemstone in the center is a polished called a bullet cabochon. The stone size is 1.25 carats.
Peridot is an ancient and yet currently very popular gemstone. It is so old that it can be found even in Egyptian jewelry from the early second millennium BC. The stones used in those days came from an occurrence on a little volcanic island in the Red Sea, about 70 km off the Egyptian coast, off Asian. The ancient Romans were already quite fond of the gemstone and coveted the brilliant green sparkle, which does not change either in artificial light. They already named the stone “Evening Emerald”. Peridot is found in Europe in many medieval churches decorating several treasures,
like, for example, in the Cologne Cathedral. In the era of Baroque the deep green gemstone experienced another short flourishing, before it became forgotten.
This pendent was worn with a ribbon in that time period and has the original bale. The size is 2 ½ inches including bale and 1 1/2 inches across. The cross is in excellent condition and beautiful to wear.