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Southwest Church Cross Necklace, Terracotta Carnelian Handmade Jewelry

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Many cities and towns in the Desert Southwest have an “old town” section dominated by a beautiful adobe church that exudes sacredness and history:  Santa Fe, Tucson, El Paso, Albuquerque, Las Cruces - the list goes on. The beautifully rustic pendant featured on the SAGRADA handmade necklace is reminiscent of those memorable churches.  The Southwest inspired artisan pendant was created from reddish-brown terracotta ceramic.  A lovely matte turquoise wash was added that allows areas of the earthy terracotta to show through giving an ancient, distressed look.  The original artisan design of a church with two crosses and clouds above was impressed into the clay giving great texture to the not quite rectangular pendant. The back of the pendant is unglazed and can be used as an aromatherapy diffuser - carefully dab a drop or two of essential onto the back and the scent will be released for hours.  The pendant is securely fastened to the main body of the necklace with a heavy duty copper jump ring.
To perfectly highlight the colors of the terracotta church with crosses pendant, two shapes and sizes of glowing orange carnelian were used along with small turquoise Czech glass beads.  The larger and darker carnelian beads are more roundish nugget shaped, each just a bit different, adding a rustic flare.  They are a rich dark orange color with some streaks of lighter and darker orange.  Seven of these are found on each side of the necklace.  Separating the nuggets are hand cut carnelian discs in a lighter orange shade.  Since the discs are hand cut, they are very similar in size and shape but also are a bit different.  Four discs separate the rounds along with small copper beads.  For added Southwest color, a single ridged turquoise Czech glass lantern bead is found in the middle of each set of discs, separated by small copper beads.  A sleek pure copper toggle clasp set finishes the necklace securely.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the peaceful SAGRADA necklace is a perfect gift for the woman who loves unique designer jewelry with a Southwest soul.  “Sagrada” is Spanish for “sacred.”

  • Church with crosses terracotta pendant:  app. 30 mm x 25 mm x 4 mm (1.2” x 1”); artisan handmade by Sue of starspiritstudio
  • Roundish carnelian nuggets:  app 6 mm
  • Carnelian discs:  app. 5 mm x 2 mm
  • Turquoise Czech glass lantern beads:  app. 3 mm
  • Metal:  copper
  • Clasp:  sleek pure copper toggle clasp set
  • Length:  app. 18” / 45.7 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 1.5” / 3.8 cm including the copper jump ring

***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the terracotta church pendant and gemstone tubes used to create the SAGRADA necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.

Crosses are a symbol of the atonement and remind Christians of God's love in sacrificing his own son for humanity.  Carnelian is said to be a stone of protection and aids in understanding the inner self, helping to offset doubt and negativity.  Although manmade, glass is believed to carry the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication.  Copper is believed to allow the wearer to recognize barriers in the path of personal development.  

The meaningful SAGRADA pendant 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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