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Patonce Cross Pendant
by: Anonymous

Hi Dee thanks for writing in. Sorry to hear about the loss of your cross! Crosses are neat devotional articles of jewelry and have been made of various materials, over the years, which include gold, silver, rock crystal, jet, coral and even cut steel. Luxurious examples have even been set with or having suspended from them, gemstones, pearls, and have been decorated with enamel etc.

The shape of the cross arms and how they traverse provide some clues. The replacement cross that you are considering purchasing is the Patonce Cross and has expanded ends, like the Pattee Cross, but with each arm terminating in floriated points like the Fleur-de-lis Cross. I think the detailing on the expanded ends of the cross pendant you are considering purchasing is quite detailed and very well done.

Usually 14 carat gold is marked 14K with the " K " appearing AFTER the two digit numbers. If the gold content is especially important, then make sure you get an unconditional money back guarantee from the seller as to the gold carat. Then have it checked.

You mention that it's marked - "Greek Temple of Parthenon" I think that Greece might be where the cross originated then. Possibly made for the tourist industry. Throughout its long life, the Parthenon has functioned most importantly as a Greek temple, but has also been a treasury, a fortress, a church, and a mosque. Today, it is one of the most recognizable icons and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

best wishes,
Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre
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