Religious jewelry is jewelry rooted in tradition: jewelry of baptism, beliefs, they are often medals, pendants. One finds there under various representations the Virgin Mary, Christ on the cross, the various Saints (Saint Paul, Saint Antoine, Saint Joseph) but also the dove, the Holy Spirit, the regional crosses. Ideal for a gift of baptism, the small medal of religious occasion will be always a pretty present which one keeps all his life.
Arthus Bertrand Lamb Medal in 18-karat yellow gold (750 thousandths). On the obverse side of the medal is depicted the Lamb of Cluny, a symbol of Christ, carrying a cross adorned with a chi-rho. Around the edges of the medal is the inscription “IN CELO MAGNUS, HIC PARVUS SCULPOR AGNUS,” meaning “In heaven, I am great, but here I am carved like a little lamb.” The bail is oval in shape.
Eagle head hallmark and Arthus Bertrand silversmith hallmark (Paris)
Art Deco Edwardian pendant 13 in 18-karat rose gold (750) and platinum. Lucky charm pendant featuring the number 13 at its center, set with 3 synthetic rubies and 4 rose-cut diamonds. These small lucky charm medallions were fashionable in the early 20th century, during the Art Deco period, around 1920-1930.
Traces of an eagle head hallmark
Dimensions (including the bail): 21 x 10 mm
Note : watch the video to get an idea of the size.
Condition: scratches from use
Antique enameled cross pendant in 18 karat rose gold (750). Cross-shaped pendant, featuring on one side the raised Christ on a blue enamel background, topped with the inscription INRI (Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum); on the other side, a blue and white enamel decoration with a plant, triangles, and green and red colored dots. The pendant holds three teardrop-shaped pendants (or tears). Jewel from Puy en Velay, a regional Christian pendant from the late 19th century. Auvergne, France.
Horse head hallmark (1838-1919) and unreadable goldsmith’s mark.
Virgin Mary medal in 18k white gold (750). This oval-shaped religious pendant features a mother-of-pearl plaque depicting the Virgin Mary wearing a halo in a profile view. The medal is surrounded by fine pearls and bears the inscription “Janine 12 juin 1953” on the reverse side. An antique Christian pendant from the first half of the 20th century, France.
Partially worn eagle head (french state hallmark for 18 karat gold)
Dimensions: 30 mm x 19 mm.
Weight: 2.83 gr
*The antique gold chain is not sold with the jewel*
Georgian Maltese cross chalcedony pendant in 14k gold (585). This antique reliquary cross is made of four chalcedony elements forming a cross, held together by a central gold element with delicate engraving. This central element likely originally contained a woven lock of hair beneath glass, although it is no longer present. The pendant has an intricately decorated bail. This Georgian cross t is from around 1820.
Dimensions: 60 x 34 mm.
Note: Similar Georgian Maltese crosses can be seen in the Victoria & Albert Museum in England.
Condition: Missing the central protective glass, some oxidation.
Weight: 11.26 gr
*The antique gold chain is not sold with the jewel*
Ruby diamond gold bottle vase with 18k yellow gold setting. This small covered pot is intricately carved from a ruby root and features a mount made of 18k yellow gold on the neck, lid, and base. The neck and base are adorned with a frieze set with 32 diamonds of varying cuts (a mix of old and brilliant cuts). This is a decorative object from the 20th century with foreign craftsmanship. It is stamped with the owl hallmark.
Dimensions: 11 x 4.5 cm
Estimated weight of the ruby: 1050 carats
Total estimated diamond weight: 0.32 carats
Note: This vase comes with a certificate issued by the Public Service for the Control of Diamonds, Fine Pearls, and Gemstones, dated September 21, 1998.
Huguenot cross by Becker in 18 karat yellow gold (750). Large Protestant religious pendant, featuring a Maltese cross with pearl-adorned tips, and fleur-de-lis motifs between the cross branches, where the dove of the Holy Spirit is suspended. Pendant created in the 20th century by Becker.
Hallmarks: Eagle head hallmark and silversmith hallmark, signed ‘Becker’ on the back.
Saint Christopher DROPSY medal in 18 karat yellow gold (750). Art Nouveau medal depicting Saint Christopher helping the infant Jesus to cross a river. The reverse bears the initials “CE” and the inscription “11 June 1914”. Antique religious medal, circa 1910, Emile Dropsy, France.
Eagle head hallmark, goldsmith’s hallmark, signed E.Dropsy.
Dimensions (with clasp): 25 mm x 19 mm
Condition : scratches from use
Weight : 2.50 gr
About Emile Dropsy (1848-1923): a French engraver and medal-maker, Emile Dropsy finished his studies at the age of thirty and began making medals under the guidance of Ferdinand Levillain. For a long time, he devoted himself to creating religious medals, which were very popular with the public.
Georgian Saint Esprit pendant from the Puy en Velay in 18 karat (750) rose gold. This regional pendant consists of an oval gold leaf embossed with a small cross, a flower and laurel leaves on a blue enamelled background. This element holds – with four figaro chains a Saint Esprit pendant representing a stylised bird carrying three gourds (or tears). The Saint Esprit pendant is no longer enamelled; it must have been decorated with blue enamel. It is set in the centre with a yellow stone, probably a yellow topaz or glass on a paillon, which is now very scratched. This early regional Saint Esprit pendant dates from the early 19th century, circa 1810, Auvergne, France.
Marked with a fleur-de-lys (1819-1838), a bulldog’s head and the PERET hallmark.
Dimensions: 11 cm x 4.6 cm
Condition: lack of enamel in the lower part, gem very dull due to its age, scratches and dents.
Sancta Maria Dropsy Medal pendant in yellow gold 18 karats (750). Christian pendant with the profile of the Virgin Mary, bearing the inscription “Sancta Maria” on the outline. On the reverse side of the medal, a flower garland adorns the pendant with the initials “MAM” and the date “30 May 1929”. Medal signed Emile Dropsy and Lucien Coudray (Marie Alexandre), French religious pendant, circa 1900.
Signed E. Dropsy and LC on both sides
Dimensions (including the clasp) : 28 mm x 20 mm
Diameter : 20 mm
Antique reliquary locket pendant in 18k rose gold (750). On one side, the pendant is decorated with a miniature on paper depicting Saint Jerome praying before a cross, with a skull in the foreground. The miniature is protected by a beveled oval glass. The reverse features a chased oval mother-of-pearl plate adorned with a carnelian cabochon on red foil, set in the center of the composition. It forms the heart of Christ, in a radiating motif engraved in the mother-of-pearl. The medallion is decorated with fine chasing on the edge, which opens secretly by unscrewing the ring-like upper part. Antique medallion, probably French, dating from the late 18th century.
Owl hallmark (later add).
Dimensions: 43 mm x 25 mm
Condition: vellum miniature in poor condition, possibly restored or removed. Scratches from use.