Mother of Pearl pendant - Cross with Coloured Stone

Mother of Pearl pendant – Cross with Coloured Stone


This beautiful pendant is handcrafted by Bethlehem’s local artisans according to the age-old Palestinian tradition of carving Mother of Pearl.

This pendant comes with a basic silver plated chain of approximately 17.5″ or 44cm

For the size and more information on this pendant, please click on description or additional information below.

36 in stock


This pendant is handcrafted by local artisans in the Bethlehem area.

The colourful stone at the intersection of the bars draws us to the vertical-horizontal symbolism of the cross: God’s love for us from “above,” expressed in love for neighbours beside us. Jesus perfectly modeled and proclaimed this divine-human love in his life, teaching, death, and resurrection.

About this Traditional Palestinian Craft

The making of jewellery and decorative items from Mother of Pearl is perhaps Bethlehem’s oldest and most established industry. The practice supposedly came to Bethlehem in the 15th century with the arrival of Franciscan friars. Locals soon mastered the art and made a modest living selling handmade items to the many pilgrims who streamed into Bethlehem. Traditionally, the sea shells and abalone were brought in from the Port of Aqaba on the Red Sea. However, now they are imported from Australia, California, New Zealand, and Brazil. Palestinian Christians, particularly the Zoughbi family in Bethlehem, have often received international recognition for their mastery of this art form.

Additional information

Weight 0.01 kg
Dimensions 2 × 2 cm


The Bethlehem Bible College Gift Shop wants to improve God’s kingdom in Bethlehem by supporting the local Christian community through:


Partnering with local craftsmen, artisans, and non-profit organizations.


Sharing their stories with other Christians around the world.


Giving all our proceeds to provide scholarships at Bethlehem Bible College.


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