This exquisite cross and ring are perhaps one of the most exceptional historical and significant jeweled treasures we have ever had the opportunity to offer. Their story is equally fascinating, as they were a gift to the United Nations in 1965 from Pope Paul VI.
Intricately carved in 18 carat yellow gold with Colombian emeralds inlaid, the cross boasts over sixty carats in gems, with several magnificent Old European cut white diamonds, including an 8.66 carat, a 7.75 carat, four 5-6 carat stones and numerous 3 to 4 carat stones. The clarity of these resplendent gems ranges from VVS to VS. This amazing work of art is engraved with the Christian Chi Rho symbol, indicating that this cross was almost certainly made by Vatican jewelers in the early 1900's with gemstones from the Vatican's own collection. It also bears the stamp of "Cassio," which refers to Cassio Studios, one of the artisan ateliers at the service of the Vatican.
The ring is hand-crafted of platinum with an (approximately) 13.5 carat Old European cut diamond at its center, surrounded by a halo of 14 shimmering white diamonds, with additional diamonds and red rubies along the shank. This work of art is engraved with the Christian Chi Rho symbol, indicating that it was almost certainly made by Vatican jewelers in the early 1900's with gemstones from the Vatican's own collection.
When Paul VI was invited to be the first Pontiff ever to address the United Nations, he gave this cross with the hopes that the proceeds from its sale at auction would contribute to the UN's efforts to end human suffering. Being born into a wealthy upper class family, Pope Paul VI concerned his papacy with winning back the working class and preached the social message of the Gospel, which he accomplished with this generous gesture on behalf of the Catholic Church.