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Staurolite “Fairy Cross” Talisman


Staurolite is a brittle, hard mineral that has a dull lustre. Its crystals are usually dark brown in colour and are often twinned in cruciform patterns. Since the mineral naturally grows in a cross pattern, superstitious people have believed them to be magical. It was believed that if you had one of these "fairy crosses" on you, you would be protected from witchcraft, sickness, accidents, and disaster. The name is derived from stauros, the Greek word for cross. It is claimed that three U.S. presidents carried fairy stones as talismans.


  • Materials

    base metal findings, metal findings, new gold fill chain

  • Age

    c. 1900

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1", 18" chain

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please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.