This cross motif necklace in carnelian and fossilized ivory takes the ancient Greek cross shape and an ancient material as inspiration, creating a personal and meaningful piece.
The symbol of the cross predates Christianity to man's earliest days painting and carving in caves. The cross has seen many incarnations and variations over the centuries. Our designers selected the equal armed Greek cross as the basis for our cross motif necklace. Its symmetry and balance can take on many different meanings for the wearer from a historical spiritual significance to a more earth-centered interpretation through its symbolism of the four directions or four elements.
The flowers in this flower cross necklace are carved from semi-precious carnelian, the stone of action and attraction. Its burnt orange to rich red coloring inspire confidence and courage in the wearer, and it creates a wonderful warm glow against the sterling silver cross arms.
The silver cross arms are patterned in a design that echoes the flowers' graceful lines. The pattern culminates in an abstract lotus shape. Buddhist traditions see the lotus flower as a symbol of purity and spiritual awakening. As a motif, it is a powerful and tender reminder of man's desire for transcendence and the spiritual quest.
The center, or heart, of this flower cross necklace is carved from fossilized walrus tusk, which is between 500 and 3,000 years old. The walrus tusk lies buried underground where it accretes its wonderfully rich and varied warm cream to deep cocoa hue. Erosion and the tides bring it back to us, and Native peoples gather this prized material for use in their carvings or for sale and trade. It is an important part of their indigenous culture and economy, and it is valued the world over in fine jewelry and artisan craft works.