*Vintage Russian enamel cross
*Rhodium-plated sterling chain with blue Quartz
*Chinese freshwater and Keshi pearls
*Natural Afghani Lapis
*"Vermeil spacers, cones; gold-filled findings
*Necklace is signed, numbered, dated

Length: 26.5" - 30.5" (67 cm - 77.5 cm) Shown on model at shortest length
Centerpiece: 1.75" x 7/8" (4.5 cm x 2.2 cm)
Weight: 1.2 oz 33.5 gm)

Item #774 - $425

Necklace - $425:

Vintage Russian Enamel Cross Necklace

Vintage Russian Enamel Cross Necklace
Vintage Russian Enamel Cross Necklace Detail
Vintage Russian Enamel Cross Necklace Back
Vintage Russian Enamel Cross Necklace on model
Vintage Russian Enamel Cross Necklace
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This well-loved vintage cross seemed to call out to me. I never use crosses or other religious symbols as fashion statements, but rather use them only when I feel called to make something with them, as I did with this little beauty.

The third photo shows the text on the back of the cross. I asked the seller (a Russian man who had many lovely old Russian objects for sale) what the text said. He brushed me off with some nonsense so I didn't press him. One possibility is Greek, but I know some Greek and it doesn't seem to be that. I don't know any Russian, but tried to compare the letters to the Russian alphabet, and failed. Some of the characters could be modern Cyrillic, but not all. At first I didn't realize there were "numerous Cyrillic alphabets" though. Even considering those, I couldn't find the character in the very center between the horizontal and vertical arms (which appears in several other places as well), or the 3-legged "A" to the right of it. I tried using Google Translate to translate some obvious words like "Jesus," "Lord," and "God" but found no matches. I even tried an image match to that 3-legged "A" and found nothing. Then I looked for archaic Cyrillic and found that "A"!!! Unfortunately I was unable to relate that archaic alphabet to present day Cyrillic, at least not yet. I would greatly appreciate it if you can tell us what language this is and what it means!