This pendant belongs to a rare collection of French provincial gold crosses and Saint-Esprit jewelry.
Saint Esprit was a religious icon and worn by French peasant women throughout the eighteenth century, both a symbol of faith and a fashion statement.
You can find this rare piece of jewelry in the book “Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830” written by Ginny Redington Dawes with Olivia Collings, page 153.
It is speckled with enamelling and has foiled paste stones with a magical pinkish/red/gold colouring called “oil and vinegar”, 18 high Carat yellow gold.
Circa 1790-1800, the jewel is in pristine condition. It can be worn upon the neck or upon the décolleté.