Cruz de Cristo Sterling Silver Filigree Necklace

Designer: Portuguese Filigree Artisans


VIP Price: $38.40  Regular Price: $48.00

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The Story

This "Cross of Christ" Necklace is one of the most important Portuguese symbols and is still used on flags of municipalities in Brazil. The iconic emblem of the Military Order of Christ, founded in 1317, became popular when was used on the sails of small, highly maneuverable sailing ships (called caravels) of Pedro Álvares Cabral’s fleet, that arrived in Brazil in 1500. 

Wear it and the mystical Cross of Christ will give you courage. 

  • 16" L with 1.5" adjustable chain and pendant being .5" in diameter
  • Sterling silver filigree detail and chain
  • Handmade in Portugal in Viana do Castelo 

More about Portuguese Filigree:

While I was in Portugal I didn't have the opportunity to visit the north were they have a strong tradition in the art of filigree jewelry. But even in Lisbon the pride of this craft was overflowing. The stunning art of Portuguese filigree has remained important over the years and is a distinct symbol of the northern regions of Gondomar, Viana do Castelo and Póvoa do Lanhoso. Every piece due to the rigor of creation, assembly and finishing requires a large amount of manual labor.


In Portugal, filigree is an essential accessory and a mark of social distinction. It is mostly used in special events such as weddings or popular festivals. The pieces we feature were made in Viana do Castelo by skilled artisans. In this region a bride wears not only an astonishing pair of the iconic sterling silver "Queen Earrings" (rumored to have been gifted to Queen Maria II during her visit to Viana and said to bring fertility to the wearer ) but also two or more gold necklaces around her neck and at least one heart-shaped pendant.
**The additional photo is of Lisbon.