Length: Approximately 24 inches.
The scallop shell of St. James the Greater Apostle was worn by pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The shell is both a symbol of baptism (as used by St. John the Baptist) and as a symbol of pilgrimage since thirsty pilgrims used the shell to draw water to drink as they made their way to the shrine.
This necklace combines the scallop shell with dyed cultured fresh-water pearls. The pearls are separated by a small glass bead and metal bead spacers. The clasp is a bronze fish, that compliments the seaside theme. The shell pendant is hand-cast in bronze by German artisans, and comes from the "Creator Mundi" collection of sacred art. The necklace is strung on a high quality, 49 strand, nylon coated beading wire and is double crimped for extra security.
The pearl is the oldest known gem, and for centuries considered the most valuable. It was said by some early cultures that the pearl was born when a single drop of rain fell from the heavens and became the heart of the oyster. Pearls have been called the 'teardrops of the moon.' Some believe that pearls were formed by the passage of angels through the clouds of heaven.
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