If you’re Catholic, you may remember receiving a gold cross pendant for your first communion, or at confirmation. Bat and bar mitzvahs were occasions for giving chais or stars of David. And for those who received, those religious symbols on gold chains probably the nicest jewelry they’d owned to date. Religious symbols are still popular in fine jewelry, and you can find everything from crosses and chais to hamsa and Islamic moons/stars and not just in simple gold. Like everything, religious jewelry is available in myriad choices, meaning an array of precious metals cast with any assortment of precious gems. There are even pieces that appear to be made entirely of diamonds. Don’t believe us? Check out inventory at pawn shops throughout Fort Lauderdale and see for yourself.
Once upon a time, symbols weren’t so overt. Christians wore fish—like the one shown here, which we have at National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale—as a secret symbol of their faith. Crosses didn’t emerge until around the fourth century, and soon wearing these symbols became a fun and decorative way to express one’s beliefs. Ancient Egyptian and Native American jewelry were also symbolic representations of their core tenets.
Because religious symbols are now common, you can buy them inexpensively almost anywhere, which creates an illusion that they aren’t really available in fine jewelry. Nothing could be further from the truth. They absolutely exist in high price points, and, if you don’t see what you like, ask. Jewelers these days can custom design anything your mind imagines.
At National Pawn and Jewelry, we frequently add religious items to our inventory, but, because the items are so specific, we invite you to call ahead if there’s something special you’re looking for; if we don’t have it, we may know who does. And don’t forget to browse other pawn shops when you shop for jewelry in South Florida; religious items have been around a long time, which means estate sales—a prime source of pawn shop stock—often have them and pass them on to us.