Precious Cross. Gold, silver and diamonds
As part of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions, the Leitão house created the “Precious Cross” in gold, silver and diamonds, inspired by the Precious Crown from the image of Our Lady of Fátima of the Chapel of the Apparitions.
The cross, of modern design, has been worked in three dimensions using soft, flowing lines. In the centre, recessed on the inside, is an embossed golden sculpture of the Precious Crown, surrounded by the light of 13 diamonds.
The Precious Crown
In 1941, when Portugal was a neutral country, a group of Portuguese gave rise to an initiative which culminated in a national movement to manufacture a queen’s crown dedicated to Our Lady of Fátima. Jewellery, and nothing else, was requested to complete the crown directly with each person’s donations.
In 1942, using just the generously gifted gold, silver and precious stones, the Leitão house created and manufactured the Crown of Our Lady of Fátima at no charge, now the most noteworthy piece of Portuguese jewellery of the 20th century.
The crowns of Our Lady of Fátima are queen crowns. They have eight half-arches rising from the base of the crown and coming together in an orb topped by a cross. Historically, kings and queens were chosen by divine will, symbolized in the coronation by the heraldry of the crown.