Presented here is an extremely rare 18K Solid Gold French Medal Pendant of a Huguenot Cross dating from the 1930’s, exceptionally large. In fact it is the largest 18K Huguenot gold pendant I have come across.
It is in pristine condition and has a very detailed exquisite design. It is hand etched on both sides and may be worn on any of the two sides.
It is stamped with the eagle French hallmark indicating an 18K gold content. It is also double faced : same design on both sides.
Dimensions of the medal are : 65 x 40 mm ( 2.6 x 1.6 in.) .- without the bail. This is an exceptional size for such items, practically never seen.
Weight is a heavy 5.62 grams of solid 18K Gold.
It is sold WITHOUT the chain.
+++++++++++The Huguenot Cross+++++++++++
The Huguenot cross is a Christian religious symbol originating in France and is one of the more recognisable and popular symbols of the evangelical reformed faith. It is commonly found today as a piece of jewelry (in gold or silver) or engraved on buildings connected with the Reformed Church in France. It also formed part of the official logo of the Reformed Church in France.
The symbolism of the Huguenot cross is particularly rich.
1) The cross as an eminent symbol of the Christian faith, represents not only the death of Christ but also victory over death and impiety. This is represented also in the Maltese Cross.
2) It is boutonné, the eight points symbolising the eight Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12)
3)Between the arms of the cross is the stylised fleur-de-lys (on the French Coat of Arms), each has 3 petals; the total of twelve petals of the fleur-de-lys signify the twelve apostles. Between each fleur-de-lys and the arms of the Maltese Cross with which it is joined, an open space in the form of a heart, the symbol of loyalty, suggests the seal of the French Reformer, John Calvin.
4)The pendant dove symbolises the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16).In times of persecution a pearl, symbolizing a teardrop, replaced the dove.
Cross of the Order of the Holy Spirit
The elements of the Huguenot cross mirrored those of the cross of the 1578 Order of the Holy Spirit, the senior chivalric order of France by precedence.
( SOURCE : WIKIPEDIA)
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