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Spanish silver emerald paste cross “Order of Alcántra” pendant

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This lovely Spanish heavy cross pendant was created in the symbol of the Order of Alcántara* (the Knights of St. Julian).

The cross and the ribbon like designs have been paved with various sizes of step-faceted, emerald paste stones and the four corners are called cardinal points—all closed back set in silver—and an open-back set faceted rock crystal quartz stone at the center. The silver verso, as well as the edges, of the pendant still have remnants of engraved decoration. There is a fixed bail with link at the top, which holds a silver Belcher-type link chain, measuring 24”, though the pendant may be worn from a ribbon or silk cord as well.

The pendant measures 1 7/8” square.

Spain, circa 1760

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Inventory #26487 

*The Order of Alcántara, also called the Knights of St. Julian, was originally a major military and religious order in Spain, founded in 1166 and confirmed by Pope Alexander III in 1177.

Its purpose was to defend Christian Spain against the Moors.

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