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Gates of Heaven Necklace

Gates of Heaven Necklace N411 | Sweet Romance

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Price $88.00
On Sale: $79.20
Size: 36” long
Era: Renaissance

Product Code: SR_N411

  • The Gates of Heaven icon pendant symbolizes Paradise by a cathedral threshold.
  • Lift the cross and open the gates to reveal an image of the Virgin Mary as depicted in a c.1428 painting of her in the Ghent Altarpiece.
  • Even after the Reformation, miniatures such as this were used for ornament, inspiration and private devotions.
  • It can be worn on its ultra-long chain, or removed for use.
  • Pendant is 2.5” long x 1.25” wide
  • Burnished silver metal finish, ornamented in enamels and crystal.
  • Signed and copyrighted Sweet Romance USA.

The facsinating past...

Shelley’s “Gates of Heaven” devotional necklace commemorates the panel of Mary from the alterpiece with Shelley’s interpretation of architectural elements of the Cathedral of St. Bravo.
Since its creation the Ghent altarpiece has been considered one of the masterpieces of European art and a world treasure. Over the centuries the panels have come close to being destroyed during outbreaks of war and ideological controversies. They were moved and damaged by fire, while some were sold, and still others taken during wars. All the panels were finally returned to the Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Ghent, Belgium following World War I
. Attributed to the work of Jan van Eyck and completed in 1432, the alterpiece later had enormous influence in the art of Levina Teerlinc, who became a portrait painter for Queen Elizabeth I and the first woman to hold such a high position in the royal court of England.

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Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3     Write a review.

 : Shirley in Centennial from Centennial, CO United States  
This necklace makes me think of Medieval times.  Then it opens to the image of a Renaissance Madonna.  It's like wearing a history lesson.

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Very happy with this purchase June 10, 2014
 : chesapeckeGrammy from MD  
I love unique designs in jewelry and I just knew that I would love this necklace. I would like to have a small version of the cathedral design in earrings. It's great to have Sweet Romance back!

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Amazing April 16, 2014
 : Sunshine22 from TX  
It's absolutely amazing. Glad I purchased it. A very lovely quality piece of jewelry. Thank you!

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