Sweet Romance™ RetroMex Gold-tone Mayan Cross Necklace
This Mayan cross, created for ShopNBC, took months to find the best combination of beads for the design.
Beautiful pops of color are sure to dress up any outfit. Designed in a rich gold-tone, this textured necklace features a large turquoise, red, green, and black enamel detailed cross pendant with an ornate floral bail. You'll also find that the necklace is strung with a variety of colored rondell crystal beads, each with interior swirl patterns. The multi-strand necklace measures 15"L x 1/2"W with a 5"L extender. The cross pendant measures 3-5/16"L x 3/3/16"W and can be removed and placed on another necklace of your choice. Hand made in the U.S.A.
Necklace Bead Features
Two rondell faceted 8 x 6mm black in yellow crystals in strung settings
23 flower cabochons 5mm iridescent glass beads in strung settings
Six rondell faceted 9 x 12mm olive crystals in strung settings
Four rondell faceted 9 x 12mm jet black crystals in strung settings
Six rondell faceted 9 x 12mm blue crystals in strung settings
Four rondell faceted 9 x 12mm black in yellow crystals in strung settings
Two rondell faceted 9 x 12mm red crystals in strung settings
Six coin cabochon 10mm dyed turquoise magnesite stones in strung settings
One round brilliant cut 2mm white crystal in an adhesive setting.
Two square faceted 4mm blue crystals in adhesive settings
Two square faceted 4mm olive crystals in adhesive settings
Even before the arrival of Christianity in the Yucatan, the Maya revered the symbol of the cross as their Tree of Life. As the two cultures converged in the 1500s, the Maya retained traditions from their own understanding of the cosmos. Yet, they embraced the cross as a medium through which a person could awaken their spirit, invoke blessings and receive divine inspiration. It has been centuries, but remarkably, almost miraculously, the Maya continue to dwell in the Yucatan and Guatemala. The sculptural, polychrome facades of their ancient buildings and their color-drenched weaving continue to infuse daily life with a sense of the spiritual. My cross design is born of that world. Colors of the earth are expressed in stunning metalwork and colorful crystal beads, each made by hand in the lampworking process. Many artists have put their hands to the creation of your necklace or cuff. May it bring you joy and inspiration.
Complete the look with the matching bracelet J406000.
Please note the length of the necklace extends up to 20"L due to the extender.
Part of the Sweet Romance Collection.
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About the Collection
Earning acclaim in the world of fashion and a dedicated following, designer Shelley Cooper's fashionable Sweet Romance™ jewelry designs are displayed in galleries and sold in shops all over the world. Sweet Romance™ jewelry is based on vintage jewelry silhouettes from the Renaissance to Retro periods as well as current trends. Inspired by women of the past, each original Sweet Romance™ piece illuminates the storylines of the women who inspired it, including queens, starlets, fashion icons, aunts and grandmothers.
Made entirely in America, the Sweet Romance™ collection exudes heirloom appeal with cameos, flowers and charms. The uniquely designed necklaces, bracelets, and earrings incorporate both vintage and new stones, beads and ornaments. Combined with fabrication methods used in antique costume jewelry, each "masterpiece" radiates the spirit of its inspired era. Capture the uplifting, lighthearted and elegant nature of the past in each Sweet Romance design.
About Shelley Cooper
On-air guest Shelley Cooper, designer and CEO of Sweet Romance™ Jewelry, is an accomplished artist and jewelry historian. Inspired by lifelong study of antique jewelry design and manufacturing, Shelley's passion is distinctly reflected in her work. Join Shelley as she shares many of her designs for the first time, along with the inspiration and stories that live on in each unique treasure.