Silver and gold badge of the Order of Christ, the diamond cross in a paved ruby surround expanded at the ends hangs from a diamond bowknot ribbons meeting at a ruby heart, weeping diamond tears. Symbolic of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, surrounded by an emerald crown of thorns, surmounted by a small diamond cross. Portuguese, c. 1780
Inshiniya of the Order of Christ. Rococco c 1780, Portugal, gold, silver, diamond, ruby, emerald. The Order of Christ founded 1532 as the prestigious rank of Portugal, which was intended to involve the authority dedicated to the royal family with limited to Roman Catholics.
Circa 1780. This badge is something reminiscent of the Order of Christ of Portugal, but its authority is one that is dedicated to (1734-1816) King Portuguese Queen Maria. Heart of ruby mounted in settings of silver and gold are tears of diamond, crown of thorns by emerald surrounds it, and diamond cross fire of ruby are crowned.