It's enough to make you want to get married...or remarried. This exquisite Mexican wedding cross carries the symbolism of the ages. Called a Yalalag Cross, this one is old, handwrought of sterling silver, ornate, and just downright beautiful.
The Yalalag Cross comes from San Juan Yalalag, Oaxaca, Mexico and its basic design predates the Conquest. This one consists of a central cross with a series of 6 smaller crosses hanging from the main cross. The small crosses are decorated with raised rope and flower centers. The main cross has that and more, including a center cabochon of goldstone or pyrite.
The cross measures 2 inches across by 4 1/4 inches high. It hangs from its original chain which resembles a chain of paper clips with little flower shapes in between. The chain measures 28 inches around.
Both the cross and the chain are hallmarked. The cross has the Eagle 3 mark with artist's initials...ZJB TAXCO MEXICO. The chain clasp is hallmarked HECHO EN MEXICO - WS - 925. Both the cross and the chain are sterling silver. The necklace weighs 24.6 grams. We haven't polished it...the old patina is beautiful just as it is.
This Yalalag cross combines ancient tradition, Christianity, folk art and fine craftsmanship. Circa 1940s. Excellent condition.
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