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As with most of my designs, this chapter falls back into the historical merging with the contemporary. This jewellery collection is a tribute to the Maltese Cross and reminiscent of the byzantine era yet simultaneously modern. It includes rings, pendants, necklaces, earrings and bracelets; all expressing the opulent and the exclusiveness of precious stones – from rubies to sapphires to amethysts – all embedded or in a droplet form made in solid gold. The eight-pointed cross can, in fact, be seen engraved in most of the jewellery or sometimes just as a half abstract. This bespoke line of jewellery reflects the Knights of St. John in 1126. It stylistically owes its origins to the crosses used in the Crusades, when it was identified as the symbol of the “Christian warrior”. Its eight points denote the eight obligations or aspirations of the Knights, namely: to live in truth, have faith, repent ones’ sins, give proof of humility, love, justice, be merciful, be sincere and whole hearted and to endure persecution. The Maltese Cross remains the symbol of the Military Order of Malta which is still in existence.

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