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Bottony Cross Necklace, Howlite Hematite Handmade Religious Jewelry

Item Description

Featuring a beautifully meaningful sterling silver bottony cross pendant, the I BELIEVE handmade necklace is a wonderful gift for the woman who loves, and maybe collects, unique cross jewelry.  Natural white howlite and glowing hematite gemstones perfectly complement the cross.  Often used as heraldry on Medieval flags, the bottony cross (or croix botonee in French), is normally an equal arm cross ending in buds or trefoil.  Since there are three buds at the end of each arm, the cross symbolizes both Jesus and the Holy Trinity.  In addition to the buds, the gorgeous cross also has raised dots all leading to the larger dot in the middle, representing God.  The smooth back side of the cross is hallmarked with 925, showing that it is sterling silver.  A heavy duty sterling silver jump ring securely fastens the bottony cross to the main body of the necklace.  
Elegantly highlighting the bottony cross are natural white howlite and glowing hematite beads.  As you can see, the howlite is white with dark gray veins, some with more veins and some with less - each stone with its own personality.  They are alternately grouped in threes and a single stone - again, like the bottony cross, representing Chrisitian doctrine.  Between each group of howlite is a single, high sheen hematite gemstone with a small sterling silver bead on each side.  The back of the cross is finished with six groupings of three howlite stones separated by a sterling bead.  A sterling silver rope design toggle clasp set finishes the lovely cross necklace. Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the I BELIEVE bottony cross necklace was created for the woman who loves meaning cross jewelry.

  • Sterling silver bottony cross:  app. 18 mm x 18 mm (0.71” x 0.71”)
  • White howlite rounds:  app. 5 mm (0.20”)
  • Hematite:  app. 3 mm (0.19”)
  • Metal:  sterling silver
  • Clasp:  sterling silver rope design toggle clasp
  • Length:  app. 18.5” / 47.0 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 1” / 2.54 cm including the sterling jump ring bail

***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the bottony cross and gemstones used to create the I BELIEVE necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a dime. 

Crosses are a symbol of atonement and a reminder to Christians of God's love in sacrificing his own son for humanity. Howlite is said to help reduce stress, anger and negative emotions; it is  believed to help increase the appreciation of beauty.  Hematite is believed to aid in clarity, balance and calm reasoning.  Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.  

The I BELIEVE artisan cross necklace was carefully designed and handmade in a dog friendly, smoke free studio.  The necklace will come with two informational drop tags: one with the piece's name; the other lists the materials used in the necklace and the language of the stones and metals. It will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!   
***  The jewelry in my shop is photographed outside in natural light.  Please be aware that not all computer monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the components used to create each piece of jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my own monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.


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