This cross motif necklace in carnelian and mammoth 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 mammoth tusk, a material that likely precedes the first cross symbols to over 15,000 years ago when the great mammoths still roamed the earth. If buried in permafrost, the mammoth tusk ivory retains most of its original cream color. If buried underground, this fossilized ivory accretes coloring from local minerals and emerges in rich caramel to cocoa hues. Mammoth ivory in all its color variations is prized as a wearable reminder of a bygone era.