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Cross Stone Necklace, Chiastolite Black Jasper Handmade Jewelry Gift

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If you are looking for meaningful cross jewelry, look no further than the BLEST handmade necklace with a natural gemstone stone cross pendant!  The one of a kind necklace features an exquisite chiastolite pendant complemented with black jasper and sterling silver.  Chiastolite (also called cross stone) is a rare variety of andalusite, famous for its distinctive black cross design only seen when the gemstone is sliced.  Long prized by Chrisistans as a natural talisman, it was / is often carried on pilgrimages and in pockets. The natural black cross, very similar in design to the famous Templar cross, stands out beautifully against a rich brown background.  The teardrop shaped cross stone pendant is translucent and glows brilliantly when held up to the light.  Since the cross design is on both sides, you can decide which side is your favorite to wear in front.  A heavy duty sterling silver jump ring connects the chiastolite pendant to the main body of the necklace.  
To perfectly highlight the black cross design of the chiastolite pendant, two sizes of high sheen black onyx gemstone rounds were used.  The smaller stones and sterling silver beads are used at the front of the necklace to separate three sets of three jasper rounds (to represent the Holy Trinity).  Small sterling silver beads separate groups of three through the rest of the necklace, except the last set which is five.  A sleek sterling silver toggle clasp set finishes the unique necklace.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the one of a kind BLEST cross stone pendant necklace is a perfect gift for the woman who adores unique, artisan made cross jewelry!    Chiastolite gets its name from the Greek word "chiastos" meaning cruciform or crosswise. 

  • Natural chiastolite cross stone pendant:  app. 31 mm x 24 mm at the widest (1.22” x 0.94”)
  • Large black jasper rounds:  app. 6 mm (0.24”) 
  • Small black jasper rounds:  app. 4 mm (0.16”)
  • Metal:  sterling silver
  • Clasp:  sterling silver toggle clasp set
  • Length:  app. 18.5” / 47 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 1.5” / 3.8 cm including the sterling silver jump ring bail

***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the cross stone pendant and the black jasper used to create the one of a kind BLEST necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.

Crosses represent Jesus' victory over sin and death, since it is believed that through his death and resurrection, he conquered death itself.  Chiastolite is believed to be a highly protective stone and a stone of balance; the natural cross shape also signifies its connectivity with God.  Black Jasper is said to be a gemstone with a highly protective, healing energy.  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 BLEST artisan 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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