Cross to Wear: 20 Religious Jewels to Mark the Reign of Pope Francis

Now that the difficult task of electing a new Catholic pope—Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina—is complete, the faithful are undoubtedly turning their attention to another pressing matter: What to wear? Just as graduates gravitate to class rings to mark educational rites of passage, Catholics, too, want to show the world their particular pride—especially with a new religious leader! While it’s largely evident in crosses and crucifixes, religious jewelry in the most current colors, lengths, silhouettes, and finishes will keep the devoted coming back to your store to see what’s new, stylish, and spiritual.

Ed. Note: I included a few non-Christian symbols of spirituality since one of the unifying tenets of all religions is to love thy neighbor.

Shema-Or by Orna Simkhai

Cufflinks in brass with enamel and ion-plated gold accents; $45; Shema-Or by Orna Simkhai

LaFonn cross necklace

Cross necklace in black rhodium-bonded silver with simulated diamonds; $145; Lafonn

Charm America

Cross pendant in 14k two-tone gold with ivy motif and diamond-cut accents; $200; Charm America

Belle Etoile silver necklace

Galaxy Black Cross pendant in rhodium-plated silver cross with lab-created pavé-set white stones and hand-painted black Italian enamel; $225; Belle Étoile

David Tishbi earrings

Cross earrings in hammered, matte-finish sterling silver with 0.02 ct. t.w. black diamonds; $225; David Tishbi

Carl Gumpert cross

Sideways Cross bracelet in 14k gold with 0.06 ct. t.w. diamonds; $310; Carl Gumpert

Rand and Paseka medal

Hollow Saint Francis of Assisi Medal (quarter size) in 14k gold; $400; Rand and Paseka

Mizuki cross

Sideways-set cross necklace in 14k gold; $510; Mizuki at Fragments

Love Rocks NY

Star of David cutout necklace in 14k gold with 0.5 ct. t.w. diamonds; $750; Love Rocks NY

Ande Jewelry cross

Cross pendant necklace in 14k gold with 2.5 ct. amethyst and 0.15 ct. t.w. diamonds; $1,174; Ande Jewelry

Jane Taylor cross

Classic cross necklace in 18k rose gold; $1,200; Jane Taylor

MK Diamonds cross earrings

Earrings in 14k gold with 0.33 ct. t.w. diamonds; $1,300; MK Diamonds

Shy Creation Hamsa

Hamsa pendant in 14k two-tone gold with 0.7 ct. t.w. diamonds; $1,400; Shy Creation


Silver, 18k gold, and antique nail necklace with 0.77 ct. t.w. multicolored sapphires; $1,625; REALSTEEL


Rhonda Faber Green Star of David

Star of David pendant in 18k gold with 0.35 ct. t.w. diamonds; $1,650; Rhonda Faber Green



Overnight Mountings

Sideways Cross pendant in 14k gold with 1 ct. t.w. diamonds; $3,000; Overnight Mountings

Michael John cross

18K rose gold Cross pendant in 18k gold with 0.73 ct. t.w. diamonds and natural shell; $5,450; Michael John Jewelry

I Reis Hamsa

Hamsa pendant in 14k gold with 2 cts. t.w. diamonds; $5,950; I. Reiss

Norman Covan diamond cross

Cross necklace in 18k gold with 2.69 cts. t.w. diamonds; $9,350; Norman Covan

Victor Velyan

Cross and Eagle Talon necklace in silver and 24k gold with 3.75 cts. t.w. garnet, 3.5 cts. t.w. peridot, and 1.01 cts. t.w. rubies; $16,500; Victor Velyan

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