This is a vintage red and blue enamel Catholic Education Cross of Merit. The Cross of Merit was found and fashioned into a stunning necklace by vintage jewelry designers, Intellectual Property. The gold cross is stamped "Al Merito" at the center and is circled by a gold ring with a stamped leaf pattern. It is presented on a string of matte black onyx beads, with a sterling silver toggle.
Searching the braderies and antique shops throughout Europe, the founders of Intellectual Property, Mary and Hallie, specialize in finding unique antique medals and transforming them into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Their designs highlight the legacy and integrity of the original pieces, artfully bringing the past into the present.
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