The Maltese Cross was officially adopted by the Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John in 1126. The eight points on the cross denote the eight obligations of the order of St. John, namely “to live in truth, have faith, repent one’s sins, give proof of humility, love justice, be merciful, be sincere and whole-hearted, and to endure.”
A stunning Maltese cross in ever-fashionable neutral agate tones embellishments, this example boasts a beautiful colet setting that this period is known for, as well as a wonderful locket on the reverse. So rare to find and absolutely beautiful- it can be used as both a brooch and pendant with pendant loop!
Materials & Features: 15k pink gold, agate, glass locket with hair
Age/Origin: Georgian, c. 1820
Measurements: 40mm top to bottom, 7.4 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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