Sweet Romance RetroMex Gold-tone Mayan Cross Necklace

This Mayan cross, created for Evine, 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

Background Story
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.

California residents only: “Proposition 65” WARNING

Created or simulated gemstones:

How are created or simulated gemstones different from natural gemstones? Natural gems are created by the forces of nature and must be discovered, usually by digging in the ground or sifting through a riverbed. When these stones are created in a laboratory, they are called created, simulated or synthetic gemstones.

The purpose of creating gemstones in a laboratory isn’t necessarily to reduce the cost, but also to produce larger, more perfectly consistent stones. Created or simulated gems can be made of any material. Synthetic gems, however, share virtually all chemical, optical and physical characteristics of their natural mineral counterparts.

Austrian crystals: These are known for their excellent reflective quality and prismatic brilliance. This man-made crystal is created using natural minerals and quartz sand, which are then heated and slowly cooled using a process similar to that of creating hand-blown glass. This process creates an end product that can be fashioned into a beautiful crystal.

A special machine is used to create a highly faceted crystal. The crystals are cut in various directions, which allows for excellent light refraction, exceptional brilliance and unsurpassed color quality at an affordable price.

Today Swarovski® is one of the largest suppliers of high-end crystals. In the late 1800s, Daniel Swarovski invented a machine to cut crystal with extreme precision. He patented his technique and to this day, only select Swarovski family members and employees have unrestricted access to the production facility that creates these crystals. They are used to decorate everything from stilettos and sculptures, to chandeliers, jewelry and clothing.