Crux Quadrata Earrings in Blue Topaz
blue topaz • 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.
Topaz is one of the hardest naturally occurring minerals. Due to this quality, along with its unique transparency and variety of colors, has allowed this gem to flourish in the gem world. its natural state, topaz is a golden brown to a yellow. Other colored topaz stones can occur naturally, however, they are very rare. Most topaz which exist in other colors outside the red, orange, yellow, and brown spectrum have received their color through various treatment processes. Although topaz is extraordinarily hard, it must also be treated with great care due to its weak atomic bonding. This weakness gives topaz a tendency to fracture along its atomic plane if a strong enough force is applied. Topaz is one of the twelve breastplate stones of the High Priest referred to in the Book of Exodus. The breastplate stones are considered sacred to twelve mighty angels who guard the gates to Paradise. It is also said to encourage self-realization and confidence and impart strength to quiet wild emotions.
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.