Sterling Lodolite Maltese Cross Ring
Beautiful sterling silver Maltese Cross oval Lodolite stone ring. Has a cross on each side and the sterling is highlighted by oxidation. Measures approx 1 1/2" tall. This Maltese Cross ring is a definite power piece. Chunky and direct, echoing with ancient symbology, it makes a very strong, bold statement. Although it is most commonly associated with the modern German military decoration, its design actually comes from the Maltese Cross, which is a symbol of the Knight Hospitaller, who took care of sick pilgrims to the Holy land a thousand years ago, and who later became a military order during the Crusades. From this origin, the symbol is still widely used all over the world by ambulance and medical groups, as well as, ironically, various military units. It looks much the same as the Iron Cross of the Teutonic Knights, who had a similar medieval history.