Coral Cross Pendant Vintage Gold


18K Gold Cross, 14K Yellow Gold Chain
53.9 grams. Pendant - 35.3 grams, Chain - 18.6 grams.
Chain - 29"x 1/16", Pendant - 3"x2 1/8"
Cross - 18K, Chain - Italy, 14K

An impressive vintage coral cross pendant, made of 18k gold.
The coral planks are staged in the gold base that is equipped with a large rectangular loop. The center is crafted of the contrasting white coral, which makes the cross look even brighter and eloquent. 
The cross carries amazing geometry and proportions. It’s a bold piece that will add a right splash of color to your look.

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    About Cross Design in Jewelry Making

    The evolution of crosses in jewelry design reflects changing aesthetics, and cultural influences. From its early religious associations to contemporary fashion trends, the cross went through various transformations in jewelry design. 

    The earliest use of the cross as a symbol date back to ancient civilizations, including the Egyptian Ankh and the Greek Tau cross. These early representations were often linked to religious or spiritual beliefs, serving as symbols of life, fertility, and protection.

    The cross became a prominent symbol in Christianity during the Roman era. Jewelry during this period often featured simple and stylized crosses, reflecting the solemnity of religious devotion. 

    The Victorian era saw a resurgence of interest in sentimental jewelry. Crosses were often incorporated into mourning jewelry. These pieces were characterized by intricate details, featuring materials such as gemstones and pearls.

    The Art Deco period marked by geometric patterns and bold contrasts, saw a shift towards sleek and stylized crosses in jewelry.

    In the modern era, crosses in jewelry have become more diverse. Designers experiment with various materials and styles. Crosses are not limited to religious contexts, and their designs often draw inspiration from cultural motifs, personal symbolism, and abstract forms.

    Contemporary jewelry designs often focus on the symbolic meaning of the cross rather than its religious associations. Crosses are utilized to represent unity, balance, and personal values, catering to a broader and more diverse audience.

    In summary, the evolution of crosses in jewelry design reflects the ever-changing dynamics of art, culture, and individual expression. 

    About Coral Jewelry

    Once considered as a plant, coral acquired the nickname “garden of the sea”. In fact, coral is a branch forming microscopic species called the coral polyp. It grows in the ocean and forms massive colonies.

    In different cultures wearing coral has different meanings. In Slavic countries coral beads were a part of the national costumes. The ancient Romans believed coral protected their kids from danger. Same in Italy, where in the beginning of 20th century coral jewelry was believed to be an anti-evil eye protection. Today coral is worn as a chic accessory with meaning and admired for its exceptional natural beauty. The silky texture and a variety of colors attract jewelry lovers all over the world. 

    The value of vintage coral jewelry appreciates over time. Some coral jewels have historical or cultural significance, making it more desirable to collectors. Coral is beloved by the movie stars due to its bright and vibrant colors. Once worn for the red-carpet event, coral jewelry comes back to fashion. As you can see here, among our coral pieces we have truly intricate ones. The skill and artistry involved in creating these pieces also add to their value.

    Coral value is also based on size, cut, color and polish. Generally, there is red coral, light and deep pink coral, and orange coral. Other colors such as brown, gold and even blue are more exotic. They are shown in conchiolin corals that grow not as branches but as concentric circles.  

    Mediterranean red coral is the most valuable due to its deep red color. It is harvested as deep as 200 meters in the sea. If you are looking for a classic Italian Cornicello color, then Mediterranean is your choice.
    Pink coral is dense and covers the whole spectrum of hues, from close-to-white, pale pink to salmon red. It is mostly found near Japan. Due to its glassy, hard texture, pink coral is great for engraving.

    Black coral is not truly black but rather very dark brown or nearly black. It is often polished to a high shine and can create striking, dramatic jewelry pieces.

    Blue coral, also known as “Heliopora,” is a rare type of coral with a blue to blue-green coloration. It is used less frequently in jewelry but can be quite unique.