The clean, geometric lines and richly colored citrines make this Maltese cross a superb example. The design has four crescent shaped citrines , centered with a diamond shaped citrine. Each are set with 9k gold, hand crimped rub over collets. The citrines are richly colored, characteristically cut with large tables and finely faceted perimeters. The effect is strikingly beautiful. It measures 1 5/8 across and down, without the bail. With the bail it measures 1 3/4 long.
Maltese crosses in many forms were quite popular in the early 19th century. Shirley Bury in her fine book on Jewellery 1789-1910, states on page 69, "A gold Maltese cross presented by the Emperor of Russia to Neslon's mistress, Lady Hamilton, whose husband was the English minister to Naples encouraged a vogue for this type of cross in 1800."
The distinctive cross can be worn close to the neck on a cord or chain. It is equally beautiful worn on a long gold antique chain. I will provide a cord with gold clasp. Condition is excellent. England, circa 1820.