French provincial gold Saint Esprit pendant, Circa 1800

 

French provincial gold Saint Esprit pendant, Circa 1800

French provincial gold Saint Esprit pendant, Circa 1800

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.

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