Crux Quadrata Earrings in Onyx
onyx • 24kt hammered gold vermeil Greek cross • 14kt gold filled earring wire
The Greek cross, which consists of one single horizontal piece and one vertical piece that are the same length, is one of the earliest crosses commonly used by followers of the Christian religion. These crosses can be plain and undecorated, or covered in patterns and designs.
The Greek cross represents the church itself, unlike the Latin cross, which is tied directly to Christ's crucifixion. Some of the earliest Christian tombstones - those found in Roman cemeteries - have this version of the cross on them. Therefore, the Greek cross is believed to have a greater historical presence when worn than the traditional Christian cross.
Onyx is a banded variety of the oxide mineral chalcedony. It can occur in nearly every color, most commonly with bands of black and/or white. It is a gemstone found in various regions of the world including Yemen, Uruguay, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Indonesia, the UK, and various states in the US. Black Onyx is the most common variety, along with white and red colors. The red variety is known as Sardonyx. The ancient Romans entered battle carrying amulets of Sardonyx engraved with Mars, the god of war. This was believed to bestow courage in battle. In Renaissance Europe, wearing Sardonyx was believed to bestow eloquence. Sardonyx was traditionally used by English midwives to ease childbirth by laying it between the breasts of the mother.
Vermeil is one of the biggest trends in the jewelry world right now as it offers the perfect balance between quality and value. 24kt gold vermeil is a type of gold finished material that is composed of a thick layer of 24kt pure gold over solid sterling silver. The thickness of the gold is what sets vermeil apart from standard gold plating. For a piece to qualify as vermeil, it must have at least 2.5 microns of gold over sterling silver compared to simple gold plating which is a thin film of gold over a base metal. The heftiness of the gold layer means that it is much less likely to wear off or tarnish as gold plated jewelry would. Vermeil usually looks like gold to the naked eye, which makes it a great alternative for those who don't want to pay the high price for pure gold jewelry. To keep your vermeil bright, avoid contact with water and rough use.