James Avery Religious, Christian, Cross Jewelry Review
Jame Avery Crosses
James Avery religious jewelry spans the brand's entire selection: charms, bracelets, rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings, and pins. This is not accidental: when James Avery established the company, he based it on Christian values – values he himself believes in, and which he inculcated into his sons, who run the company today. In a way, to look at these spiritual influences, is to see how family traditions spread, slowly but surely, from the private to the public and business forum.
The most common religious theme brand designers use must be the crosses: sterling silver or 14K gold, they appear in every jewelry category, in a surprisingly wide range of patterns. Other themes include angels, usually winged infants (dressed and quire puritanical – unlike Catholic putti), direct quotes from the old and new testament, purity and promise charms and rings, and various Judaic or ancient insignia.
Let's take a closer look:
Crosses comprise a long list of canonical jewelry designs: St. Teresa, rugged nail cross, ornamented fleuree, serenity, ribbon, Margarita, open cross, decorative La Primavera, plain Latin, I-minus, St. James, Clechee, Celtic, crucifixes, cuneiforms ; filigree and lacy crosses – wire, Melanie, St. Cecilia, lilies, Espada, Spanish Mission, Jerusalem, Victoria, and the list goes on. In fact, James Avery try to cover as many denominations and styles as possible, clearly aiming to position themselves as a mediator of sorts – and to imply that all paths lead to the same destination.
Angels, not unlike charms, display playful and innocent characteristics: small children wearing a robe (and occasionally showing a halo), and carrying a pair of wings – the entire layout is often arranged in a dance-like composition; the children can be smiling, sleeping, or looking directly at us.
Baptism and confirmation jewelry, usually rings, present an interesting combination of theme and craftsmanship – smaller crosslets allow sterling silver's naturally beautiful sheen to draw most of the attention, larger crosses rival for that attention, giving the pieces a more devout appearance.