The Maltese Cross

photo by Anne Pflug
The Maltese Cross as jewelry

In the last blog, I photographed the Maltese Cross on the flag used on ships registered in Malta. In other uses, the Maltese Cross is a major subject of jewelry featured in tourist shops as well as high end jewelry stores. As a tourist enters a jewelry store in Malta, she is surrounded by many versions of this cross, in gold, silver or enamel.  The most common version is the filigree as the illustration above shows.  Filigree jewelry is a Maltese specialty and that style really shows the cross at its best.  I’m sure that most Maltese ladies have at least one version of this cross as a pendant, earrings or bracelet.  It is a beautiful addition to anyone’s jewelry box.