Cross 1610-1620 One of the oldest pieces in this Museum’s jewellery collection dates from the period in which the use of large pectoral crosses waned, in fashion in the 16th century. The glass gemstones imitate the Colombian emeralds of the richest crosses.
AN ART NOUVEAU ENAMEL AND DIAMOND PENDENT NECKLACE, BY LEON GAUTRAIT Designed as a shaped triangular pale blue and pink plique-à-jour enamel plaque with gold and diamond floral decoration to the briolette-cut diamond pendant drop and shaped link neckchain, circa 1900, 52.0 cm long, with French assay mark for gold Signed L Gautrait
Gold, silver, and diamond brooch, set with an octagonal sapphire engraved with the arms of Johann Hugo von Orsbeck (1634-1711), appointed Archbishop Prince Elector of Trier, 13 July, and Bishop of Speyer, 16 July 1676, Abbot of Prum and Provost of Weissenburg. Now framed within a foliate border. German. Sapphire intaglio: 17th century. Setting: 19th century. Click for source and additional commentary by Diana Scarisbrick
The oval gold locket enameled with black and white pea-pod ornament at the sides is mounted on the lid with a sapphire cameo portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) and with an onyx cameo bust of Cleopatra with the asp on the back. Inside there is an enameled miniature of Charles I (1600-1648) facing front with a melancholy expression, wearing sash of the Order head standing out against a celestial blue ground. Locket: early 17th century, Cameo: second half of the 16th century.