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Sacred Symbols for the Spring

Since March 20th , Spring has been upon us which means that Easter is fast approaching and here at Greek Island House we are preparing for the holiday with a little research on one of our favorite spiritual symbols.


18k gold with Aquamarine

According to Maria-Tina’s favorite book on sacred symbols, Barbara G. Walker’s The Women’s Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, the cross was not associated with Christianity until the 7th century CE when Christians swapped out images of the good shepherd and the lamb for the pagan inspired masculine cross. Since several passages in the New Testament mention Jesus of Nazareth being hanged on a tree, not a cross, word began to spread that this new symbol was made from the very tree he was hanged on. A critical link to the world of the feminine, the tree was quickly associated with the tree of life in the Garden of Eden, a symbol of softness and creativity.  No matter which perspective resonates with you, the cross is today a universal symbol of faith, love, courage and hope for a better future, a much needed inspiration in today’s society. 

So this Easter, when you put on your Maria-Tina Byzantine Cross think about what this sacred symbol means to you and how it can help you make today a better day. 

Guilded bronze with Ruby


Traditional Byzantine Cross - 18k

  • Available in 18 karat solid gold with Aquamarine
  • Pendant hand cast from hand fabricated Maria-Tina original
  • Approx. 5/8" wide, 3/4" tall
  • 16" 14 karat Italian gold chain
  • Heart lobster clasp closure
  • One READY TO SHIP!  for  $1,667

Traditional Byzantine Cross - Guilded Bronze

  • Available in 24 karat gold dipped bronze with Ruby
  • Pendant hand cast from hand fabricated Maria-Tina original 
  • Approx. 5/8" wide, 3/4" tall 
  • 16" gold-filled chain 
  • Heart lobster clasp closure
  • One READY TO SHIP!  for   $245

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 Sterling sliver and stone options available upon request






  • Now, obviously in America, this isn’t a poerlbm, but I have a coin dating back to 1791 in France, two years after the start of the French Revolution. The coin features the face and name of Louis XVI. That same year, Louis was imprisoned by Parisian mobs and was executed two years later. So what happened to these coins after his death? Louis XVI was not exactly on good terms with the French people at that point, so what became of these coins? Were new coins minted with different leaders’ faces immediately (obviously they were eventually), or were the same coins used for some time?

  • Since the end of 2008 the Hawaiian state quarter being the last of the US state seiers, I’ve not seen any 2009 coins of US mintage.I’ve heard they’re gonna mint four different designs of pennies commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday and rumors of minting quarters in 2009 commemorating Washington DC and US territories.Thus far I’ve not seen any 2009 coins in circulation.


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