26 simple & unique cross necklaces

An elegant way to wear your faith every day.

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There’s something comforting and familiar about wearing a cross close to your heart. Not only is it a symbol of faith, but it’s a small reminder to do good in the world, and think on our blessings, each and every day. But a beautiful cross doesn’t need to be bulky or ostentatious to do its job. It just needs to feel right on you.

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So the For Her editors scoured artisan shops and mainstream department stores alike to bring you understated but unique jewelry, adorned with the cross. Whether you’re looking for a sweet (but inexpensive) cross for your child, or an investment piece that you can wear for years, there’s a faithful necklace here to suit every budget and style.

Under $100

This locket not only shows your faith on the outside, but also lets you keep photos of loved ones inside. $87.50, Ross Simons
This golden cross sweeps elegantly across your collar bone area without dangling. $85, Helzberg
This best-selling pendant can be customized with your name, which also makes it a great gift for a loved one. $80, Helzberg
Subtle and sweet, this off-center cross is perfect for everyday wear. $79, Mark & Graham
A pretty twist on a plain cross, this white gold laser design is eye-catching, but not showy. $80, Walmart
A tiny, but mighty symbol, this sideways cross is as dainty as it is delightful. $78, Bloomingdales
Let it shine! This mini pendant is small, but bright. $75, Swarovski
This asymmetrical necklace is made in Italy, and can be blessed before being shipped to you, if you so desire. $42, Savelli Religious
Simple and made of sterling silver, this cross pendant is inexpensive, but doesn’t look it. $40, Macy’s
An outlined silhouette is a little bolder, but still fairly understated. $75, Fred Meyer Jewelers

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Under $200

Adorned with small freshwater pearls, the cross pendant is balanced by a Miraculous Madonna medal, and can be blessed by Pope Francis, free of charge. $128, Savelli Religious
A true classic, this Elsa Peretti design from Tiffany & Co. is beautifully rounded on a delicate chain. $175, Tiffany
A modern design, this diamond-accented pendant is chic but not too sparkly. $150, Kohls
This sterling silver cross has delicate lines, centered around a cluster of small 14 carat diamonds. Though the close up shows off its sparkle, the small size of this pendant makes it understated enough for regular wear. $131, Kohls
This necklace is playful but sincere, with a cultured pearl, cross pendant, and sleek bird charm adorning a light cable chain. $130, James Avery

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Under $250

If you’re looking for an investment piece, you can’t go wrong with this David Yurman design from the Cable collection, done in twisted sterling silver. $250, Saks Fifth Avenue
This concave cross pendant crafted out of sterling silver feels as solid and spiritual as it looks. $225, Tiffany
Looking for something a little different? This long, delicate rosary features a cross and angels on its pendant, and tiny crystal beading instead of a chain. $250, Nordstrom
Unique but straightforward, this John Hardy cross hangs long and lovely around any neck. $250, Orchard Mile
If you want to make more of a statement, this 18k gold cross necklace will shine proudly for generations to come. $225, Kohls

 

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For kids

A sweet token of faith, this cross can be worn by either gender. $109, Helzberg
Little girls will love the simple heft to this cross. $40, Nordstrom
If you’re little princess is in a sparkly phase, she’ll adore wearing this floral cross of cubic zirconia, with just a hint of color. $35, Ross Simons
Hand made in Vermont, this pewter artisan cross will appeal to both little boys and young men. $36, Dan Forth Pewter
If your little one is still obsessed with Frozen (and, hey, what kid isn’t?) she’ll enjoy this cubic zirconia cross with a silver overlay. Plus, the price is perfect for a kid who tends to misplace things. $15, Overstock
This chain of charms, made in Montana, represents hard work, faith and dreams. $47, Montana Silversmiths

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Natalie van der Meer
Natalie van der Meer

Senior Editor Natalie van der Meer is a former editor for Redbook, Woman’s Day, Reader’s Digest and Allure, covering fashion, beauty, travel, family, book reviews, and much more. She lives in New York City.