Budded Cross Christian Necklace, Burgundy Pearls Pewter Sterling Handmade Artisan Jewelry

Item Description

Bold and elegant, with a hint of rustic appeal, the FOR HIS LOVE handmade budded cross necklace is absolutely charming.  The focal is an eye catching, high quality, lead free pewter cross made in a traditional Mexican design, looking as if it was created ages ago by an artisan silversmith in Taxco, Mexico.  Complementing the rustic cross perfectly are glowing burgundy freshwater pearls, pewter hogan beads with ridges, sterling silver beads and a patterned sterling hook clasp.  A lovely gift for the woman who loves unique Christian cross jewelry, the FOR HIS LOVE one of a kind necklace was carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.



  • Pewter cross: app. 2.5" / 6.4 cm x by 2" / 5.1 cm; lead free  
  • Burgundy freshwater pearls:  app 10 mm
  • Metal:  lead free pewter and sterling silver
  • Clasp:  Sterling silver hook clasp set
  • Length:  app. 18.5” / 46.9 cm
  • Cross pendant drop:  app.  2.5" / 6.4 cm


Your eyes can't help but to be drawn to the stunning cross used as the focal for the FOR HIS LOVE necklace.  The beauty was created in the United States from lead free pewter in a traditional Mexican design.  The cross is on the larger size, about 2.5" / 6.4 cm by 2" / 5.1 cm.  As you can see from the photos above, it has a rustic feel and looks as if it has been passed down through generations.  There is quite a bit of symbolism in the design of this cross.  Because the cross has three half disc shapes on end of each arm, the cross has been historically known as a "budded cross".  The discs represent the Holy Trinity and also "faith, hope and love".  They sometimes are thought of as representing a journey in the growth of faith, like the buds of a flower just waiting to open.  For even more symbolism, the pewter cross also had a line of raised dots running along each arm radiating from a large central raised dot.  The upper and two side arms have three dots each, again the Holy Trinity.  The lower arm has six dots, two sets of three.  


The pewter cross had been oxidized and then polished leaving darker oxidization in the recessed areas, a perfect foil for the shiny raised areas to stand out.  Because the pewter is high quality, it has a glow of old, fine silver . . . without the fine silver or sterling silver price.  The backside of the cross pendant is smooth.  The bail that connects the pendant to the necklace is hidden on the back.


Because of the symbolic raised dots of the cross and the sheen of the pewter, the main body of the FOR HIS LOVE necklace was designed with freshwater pearls.  They are a rich burgundy color that positively radiates a lovely eye catching glow.  As you can see in the photos, the pearls are not perfectly round but are more ovoid in shape and some have ridges.  These are perfectly normal in cultured freshwater pearls and add even more rustic appeal to the overall design.  Again, to represent the Holy Trinity, the first three sets of three pearls are separated by lead free pewter hogan beads.  Then there are two more groups of three pearls, separated by 2 mm sterling beads.  The last set of beads at the back are in a group of five.  To perfectly finish the FOR HIS LOVE cross necklace, the main body of the necklace was connected to sterling silver wire protectors which were then attached to a sterling silver hook clasp set with a dot design on both sides.


For a better understanding of the relative size of the pearls used in the FOR HIS LOVE budded cross and pearl necklace, please be sure to check out photo #5 for a size comparison with a quarter.

The Christian cross represents Jesus' victory over sin and death, since it is believed that through his death and resurrection he conquered death itself.  Pewter is believed to be very grounding, bringing the wearer back to reality.  Pearls are used to spread loving vibrations; they promote sincerity, truth and loyalty.  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 FOR HIS LOVE handmade 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!  


***Please be aware that not all computer monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the stones are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.


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