Dragonfly Cross with PearlAlvin Monte
ThIS artist is one of many, unsung but gifted, jewelers who create well-made, hand fabricated jewelry that is attractively designed, and accessible in price.
This handsome cross is a modern version of the historic “dragonfly” cross that aided in the conversion of southwestern Natives to Christianity.
Dragonflies are honored for their watery habitats; water being especially precious in the arid lands of the Navajo and Pueblos.
This majestic piece has accents of 14-karat gold, which add warmth and a little glistening to the lightly brushed silver finish.
In place of the usual Sacred Heart, at the bottom of the cross, there is vibrant, natural turquoise embraced by a gold bezel.
Centered on the shorter arm, a pearl gleams with lunar beauty, also in a gold bezel.
This combination seems to encompass both the sun and the moon.
Above the pearl, a gold dome-let carries the touches of gold all the way bottom to top.
At the very top, a sturdy silver bail is both textured, and chiseled in two lines, matching the chiseled double lines on the cross, below.
Hook this impressive cross on a chain, a collar, heishi, or beads – even a ribbon or leather thong; it is both a symbol of intercultural spirituality, and a piece of beautiful jewelry.