This pendant necklace features a stylized enamel-painted cross. It was made of solid brass by the Terra Sancta Guild in the 1960s.
The multi color open design pendant measures 1 3/4 by 2 3/4 inches. It hangs from an added gilded sterling silver chain that's 20 inches around.
The back of the cross is embossed - TERRA SANCTA.
The necklace is in excellent vintage condition.
The history of the TSG is interesting. It was the vision and dream of Isadore Serot born in 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Isadore, a man of Jewish faith partnered with Ade Bethune, a well-renowned Catholic liturgical artist, to start Terra Sancta Guild in the fall of 1965. Their vision together was to create and produce beautiful, timeless liturgical items designed for home, church and school. Their designs included both Judaica and Christianity. The two worked hand in hand growing Terra Sancta Guild for 35 years until Isadore’s death in July 2000 at age 73. Ade remained engaged with design for Terra Sancta until her death in May 2002.
During their 35 years of teamwork Isadore and Ade created some extraordinary works of art for our nation. These include producing the “Tree of Life” Processional Cross for Pope John II’s visit to Denver in 1993 to celebrate World Youth Day, creating the design of the gold wreath at the base of the Iwo Jima Monument in Arlington, VA. and, the “Freedom of Religion” plaque presented to President Ford in 1976.
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Terra Sancta Guild Cross Pendant Necklace Gilt Sterling Silver Chain
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