[Charles] has received 30 pounds for his share of the privateer & expects 10 pounds more–but of what avail is it to take prizes if he lays out the produce in presents to his Sisters. He has been buying Gold chains & Topaze Crosses for us;–he must be well scolded.”
Letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra, May 27, 1801
Charles was in the Royal Navy, and he received the money for his part in the capture of an enemy ship! Jane and Cassandra were lucky enough to receive this beautiful crosses with part of his share.
|Jane and Cassandra Austen's Topaz Crosses|
From the moment I started reproducing my Georgian Paste jewelry, people were asking for a reproduction of Jane's cross. After being disappointed with the selection of commerically-available settings, I was able to find someone to reproduce settings for me based on my exact specifications, and I'm so pleased with the results.
The thing I'm most pleased with is the tiny little balls on the ends of the arms, which is such a beautiful design feature on the original pieces. You can see them better in this close-up image: