Large Old Believers Cross with Enamel Pendant
This gorgeous antique Orthodox Cross still features its original enamel. Cynthia Ann has artfully enhanced it using her fitted bezel which is crafted with over a carat of champagne diamonds set in 27.82g of 14k yellow gold. All of this of course hangs from her signature openable bale.
The Orthodox Cross, Byzantine or Russian Orthodox Cross is a variation of the Christian Cross. It’s found in every Eastern Orthodox Church and Catholic Church of the Byzantine Rite. One version of the Orthodox Cross has a long vertical beam crossed about two thirds of the way up by a horizontal beam that represents Pontius Pilates’s inscription “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews” and a lower beam representing the foot rest upon which our Lord’s feet were nailed. The lower beam is slanting up toward heaven. Many Orthodox crosses have trefoils.