Applied 18 karat Gold Quality Workmanship to this Circa 1840, Onyx Mourning Cross:

Early Victorian Mourning Cross
original Antique 1840's Cross

This cross is circa 1840 and hand carved and hand polished Onyx Stone. Onyx was very popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans. The name comes from the Greek word 'onyx', which means nail or claw. The story is that one day the frisky Cupid cut the divine fingernails of Venus with an arrowhead while she was sleeping. He left the clippings scattered on the sand and the fates turned them into stone so that no part of the heavenly body would ever perish. True, black isn't normally the color one associates with fingernails. (Did Venus wear Vamp, perhaps?) But in Greek times, almost all the colors of chalcedony from fingernail white to dark brown and black were called onyx. Later, the Romans narrowed the term to refer to black and dark brown colors only.

This Cross is circa 1840, which is 20 years before the Civil War and the handmade gold of 18 karat tested gold is really quality work. The seed pearl set into the center of the cross is “a tear” in mourning jewelry.
The onyx serves as a mourning color and that is why this stone was used and worn in memory of a love one.
This pendant was probably worn with a small black ribbon or cord. The size is 2 1/2 inches tall and 1 1/4 inches wide and the onyx is 4 mm thick. This is lovely and quality made early piece of antique jewelry.

Price: $785.00