Blessed Bracelet in Aquamarine
aquamarine • 24kt gold vermeil cross
The sideways cross is believed to be a new and unique take on a respected, traditional symbol. It And while some wearers do not infuse this accessory with any symbolic meaning, there are many associated with the side cross.
Some see the sideways cross as a symbol of Jesus finishing his work. Having obtained his peoples' salvation, he has laid down his cross. Another symbolic view is that a cross lies horizontal when someone is carrying it on their shoulders. As well, the side cross can show one’s readiness for the coming of God, with the cross facing Him at Final Judgement.
Others take a more secular view on the sideways cross. They believe that the sideways cross is a new and artistic spin on a symbol that is highly religious. To some, turning the cross sideways makes it more humanistic. Aligned with this mindset, the horizontal cross symbolizes religious representation on earth and this is where life is lived. This sideways nature is often perceived to be more humanistic and diffuses of some of the stark religious meaning it is often infused with.
Aquamarine is named from the Latin aqua marinus, which means "water of the sea". This term refers to its various blue-turquoise, ocean-like color. The pale blue, transparent crystal is a member of the Beryl family. Its color is the result of iron oxides within the chemical makeup of the stone which can give it a greenish hue. In ancient myth, Aquamarine was considered to be the treasure of mermaids. It was used by sailors as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness and protection. It was also considered a stone of eternal youth and happiness. Today it protects all who travel by, over, or near water. Aquamarine embodies all things connected to the sea. Being that the sea serves as a mirror, reflecting the heavens, this stone embodies the symmetry, balance and relationship between the two. Due to its nature as a stone of symmetries, it is important for meditation and revelation. Therefore, aquamarine has been used throughout history by prophets, shamans, healers, and mystics.
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.