Crux Quadrata Necklace in Onyx
onyx • 14kt gold filled chain • 24kt hammered gold vermeil greek cross
The Crux Quadrata is the Latin name for the Greek cross. Consisting 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. The Greek cross represents the church itself, unlike the Christian cross which symbolizes the crucifixion. This cross is believed to have a greater historical meaning than the traditional Christian cross. The secular meaning of this necklace is that with 4 equal arms, it serves as a reminder for balance & equality. Pick the 4 most important things in your life that you want to keep balanced and whenever you wear this necklace, it will be a reminder to maintain the balance and harmony.
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.