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Southwest Cross Necklace, Onyx Snowflake Obsidian Handmade Jewelry

Item Description

Beautiful in it’s classic silver and black simplicity, the LA CROCE handmade cross necklace will quickly become a favorite piece of jewelry to wear.  A perfect gift for the woman who loves crosses, the one of a kind necklace features a pewter Southwest style cross, black onyx and snowflake obsidian gemstones and sterling silver.  The somewhat rustic cross was created from lead free pewter and has a gorgeous old heirloom silver glow to it.  The arms of the cross are equal in length, called a Greek cross.  Adding wonderful texture, the center of the cross is raised with a diamond shaped pewter insert that has a slightly matte finish.  The cross itself has an etched Southwest design that has been patinated to bring out the beauty:  a cross / starburst design around the insert and lines at each corner of the cross’ arms.  The back of the cross is textured and has depression in the middle with two raised areas at the top and bottom of the depression.  Two heavy duty sterling silver jump rings securely fasten the Southwest cross to the main body of the necklace.  *** Please note:  The pewter cross is highly reflective - many photos of the cross show a slight yellowish tinge due to it picking up the color of my t-shirt.  The cross itself is a glowing silver.  
To perfectly complement the Southwest style cross, shiny black onyx ovals and snowflake obsidian rounds were used.  The black onyx ovals have a slight twist to them which captures and reflects the light at each movement - very eye catching!  In between the first eight twisted onyx ovals are snowflake obsidian rounds.  Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed in swiftly cooling lava.  Snowflake obsidian gets its name when cristobalite (a form of quartz) crystallizes as the obsidian cools, forming grayish white “snowflake” designs.  At the back of the necklace are groups of three black onyx twists separated by snowflake obsidian.  A small sterling silver bead separated each gemstone from its neighbor.  A sleek sterling silver toggle clasp finishes the cross necklace beautifully.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the LA CROCE is a meaningful gift for the woman who adores wearing artisan cross jewelry.  “La Croce” is Italian for “the cross.”

  • Southwest-style pewter cross:  app 30 mm (including bail) x 20 mm x 3 mm (1.2” x 0.8”); lead free
  • Twisted back onyx ovals:  app. 10 mm x 6 mm
  • Snowflake obsidian rounds:  app. 5 mm
  • Metal:  lead free pewter and sterling silver
  • Clasp:  sterling silver toggle clasp set
  • Length:  app. 18” / 45.7 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 1.25” / 3.2 cm including the sterling jumps rings

***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the Southwest cross and gemstones used to create the LA CROCE necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.

Crosses are a symbol of the atonement and reminds Christians of God's love in sacrificing his own son for humanity.  Pewter is believed to be very grounding, bringing the wearer back to reality.  Black Onyx is believed to be a powerful protective stone and brings balance to mind and body.  Snowflake Obsidian is believed to bring both purity & balance to body, mind, & spirit and helps to heighten our awareness of love & beauty.  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 unique LA CROCE cross 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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