Featured Silver cross with red/orange stones

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Simona Buhus, Feb 21, 2021 at 4:17 PM.

  1. Simona Buhus

    Simona Buhus Member

    Hi all,
    I have purchased this cross, and was wondering if anyone can identify the age, motif and stone. Stones look orange red if they are on a surface, but has hues of purple and brown if they are hold against the light. They are transparent, except for the middle one, is a bit blurry, with inclusion. I have tried UV light and they are not rubby.
    Please let me know your thoughts.
    It is a big cross, chunky, but beautiful.
    I also can't upload any more photos as I have a error message " the file is to large" . Please help. Screenshot_20210221-211419_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20210221-211433_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20210221-211444_Gallery.jpg
    Thank you.
    Kind regards,
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  2. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

  3. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Sterling and garnets. It's not old. There are instructions for resizing pictures. If you don't have photo software handy and you're on a phone, email them to yourself and pick the size as "medium". Save the pictures and post the "medium" ones.
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  4. wiscbirddog

    wiscbirddog Well-Known Member

    Just curious for my own knowledge - is this really considered a 'cross'? To me it just looks floral.
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  5. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

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  6. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    I'd call it a cross, yes. And garnets.
  7. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    It looks like a cross to me too, and they come in all sorts of designs.
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  8. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Your “error” message is simply telling you that you need to make the file size of some of your images smaller........UNDER 1 MB, otherwise the site will reject them.....”error” message!!
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  9. Simona Buhus

    Simona Buhus Member

    Hello again,
    I have managed to upload more photos on side view.
    I wonder if anyone can comment on the style, design motif etc and age. @Fid @Any Jewelry @KSW
    The cross was in a bad state when I bought it and the crevices at the back were full of dirt, so I cleaned it properly with water, soap and then with silver polish cleaner. I know that it is not ideal to clean that much, but this one I had to. Also one marcansise stone came off in the process.
    As regards to the stones, I also thought that they are garnet, but when I hold it against a natural light they became completely purple, like amethyst, first time I have seen this. I have other garnet jewlery, but they don't shift so much colour when held against natural light.
    Finally, the design looks a bit like fleur de lis in my eyes, what do you think?
    I am looking forward to reading your comments.
    Kind regards,
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  10. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    It’s very pretty. I wonder if the bail at the top helps date it at all?. I don’t think I’ve seen that on very modern pieces.
    @Any Jewelry is your lady for pinning down more details of its origins if she can.
    Now you have cleaned it can you take a photo held up to natural light so we can see the colour?
    The Marcasite can be replaced quite easily. If it’s glued in you can use GS-Hypo glue NOT SuperGlue!.
    If I was looking at it the 925 would make me think it’s quite modern but WDIK!
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  11. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It is lovely, Simona. As the others said, it is a modern piece.
    I can't say for sure, but I think it could be Chinese made in a Western style. I have seen similar items, also with garnets or garnet glass, that said 'China'.
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  12. Simona Buhus

    Simona Buhus Member

    Thank you for your reply Amy.
    It just look antique, the silver is porous around the middle stone, with small holes , blackened. Can you advise on what Western cross it can be a copy of.
    My mum liked it, so I gift it to her, for the moment I can't take any more photos, I will update next time she visits.
    Thank you.
    Kind regards,
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  13. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It isn't a copy of a traditional style, it just plays around with floral/leaf shaped elements. The basic shape is a Roman cross:
    The porosity of the silver is due to the quality of casting, which is not perfect. It is not age related.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2021 at 10:14 AM
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  14. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    JMHO. the claws of the setting look too "coarse" for Europe.
  15. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    That is typical of recent Asian mass production. Probably China, but I wouldn't rule our Thailand.
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