This Maltease Cross pendant 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 actualy 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,Here it is shown with iguana skin behind the cross. It is also available in a variety of other custom finishes. It is hand crafted from Sterling Silver and is stamped on the back with the Mercurious name and logo and 925 to guarantee authenticity. Look for our Maltease earrings and ring that compliment this pendant.