Vintage Silver and Carved Mother of Pearl Cross Brooch or Pendant From the Holy Land


This beautiful silver and carved mother of pearl brooch is from the 1930s and was made in Jerusalem.  This work has been a traditional craft from at least the 18th century. It is far superior to modern work nowadays done by machines.  The carving is of Maltese or Jerusalem cross over a lattice background. The brooch is mounted on a sterling silver frame surrounded by filigree rosettes and granulation. This is one of the nicest brooches I have seen.  

The back of the brooch is marked "Jerusalem silver 935" 935 silver is more pure than sterling. The C closure has a safety mechanism and works well.  The brooch doubles up as a pendant and so can be worn on a chain if you so wish.

  • Diameter is 4.2 cm (1 1/4")
  • Weight is 12.7 g.

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