The San Benito Cross Necklace features an intricately carved Cross of Saint Benedict. The Cross of Saint Benedict (aka San Benito) is a sacramental holy medal that has been believed to repel evil for centuries.
The gunmetal linked chain is offered in 17" or 22" based on your preference. If you need a longer or shorter size we can make one for you. It's a very special necklace because of the rarity of the medal. Made in the USA, in our sweet studio sanctuary in Wellfleet, MA. Medals are cast for us by artisans in New England.
Length: 17 or 22" as offered below, but available in any length by special order..
Color: Black with dashes of illumination like the night sky from the Gray Opal, Labradorite and Hematite.
Materials: Gunmetal Silver and 22KT Matte Gold
History of The Cross of Saint Benedict:
The cross itself is timeless and according to the Benedictine Order of Monks "We do not know just when the first medal of St. Benedict was struck. At some point in history a series of capital letters was placed around the large figure of the cross on the reverse side of the medal. For a long time the meaning of these letters was unknown, but in 1647 a manuscript dating back to 1415 was found at the Abbey of Metten in Bavaria, giving an explanation of the letters. They are the initial letters of a Latin prayer against evil" that is worn by the faithful to keep the wearer out of harms way. Saint Benedict was an Italian monk and founded the first Western Monastery. He lived from 480 AD to 547 AD. The cross has entwined thistle on each arm representing the sacrifices of a holy life.