No matter where I travel in the world, my favorite buildings to visit are places of worship. I'm always awed by the architecture and humbled by the design. From the grand mosques of Istanbul to the towering cathedrals of Madrid, there's a beauty found in buildings of faith.
The inspiration for this elegant Rosa Cross Necklace was hiding inside a modest village church just outside of Rome. A striking example of medieval goldsmithing, it sparkled with shimmering gemstones. Without exaggeration, it was the most exquisitely-crafted cross I have ever seen. Though the original remains on display in a candlelit alcove strewn with rose petals, I commissioned talented jewelers to recreate every delicate detail of the opulent antique.
Centuries ago, the goal of ancient craftsmen was to create divinely-inspired works of art that looked as if they had fallen from heaven. Not much has changed. Modern-day artists have finished this .925 sterling-silver cross in warm, rose gold and set it with brilliant, lab-created DiamondAura® rounds that shine with even more fire than natural diamonds. The airy, floral design really lets in the light and sets every facet on fire.