I like my pectoral crosses baroque and blingy and I present you some of the most beautiful I've seen so far:
This very lovely and ornate piece belonged to the Elector Clemens August of Cologne (1700 - 1761, made Elector in 1723). The cross was manufactured in Vienna around the year 1740. I think that the archbishops of Cologne still use it on very solemn occasions.
A pectoral cross belonging to the archbishops of Palermo/Sicily. Since it has sapphires, it was probably made for a cardinal, which would put its date of manufacturing sometime after 1839, when Ferdinando Maria Pignatelli, archbishop of Palermo, was created cardinal. There were two cardinals from Palermo before that year, but Domenico Pignatelli di Belmonte only was a cardinal for half a year (August 1802 - February 1803) before he died, and Gaetano Maria Trigona e Parisi, created cardinal in 1834, died before receiving the red hat and the title.
Can't say much about this beauty, apart from that it was made for one of the prince-bishops of Bressanone (Bolzano) and therefore was made before 1802, when the prince-bishopric was secularized.
This stunning piece was a gift of Empress Maria Theresia to the prince-abbot Martin II. Gerbert of St. Blasien, Germany, who reigned from 1764 to 1793. I love the eagle!
Since amethysts are my favorite stones, this is one of my all-time favorite pectoral-crosses. It belonged to the monastery of St. Blasien as well, but I am not sure about its history.
As for this beauty: I have no clue. Maybe a reader might help?