Mission Jewelry Inspired by Missions on the San Antonio
How Mission Jewelry Began
Fransiscan Missionaries
Antonio Margil - Donkey Man Cross
Mission Jewelry inspired by Missions on the San Antonio River
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               How Mission Jewelry Began  
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How Mission Jewelry Began n March of 2010 an auction of rare Texana was held in Dallas, Texas. One of the lots was an antique cross of the type used by Spanish priests who came to evangelize Texas' First People. The cross was made of iron and measured approximately 12 X 7 inches. There is no way to date the cross exactly but it is estimated to date to the late 18th century.

There were certainly more beautiful crosses made in this time period, but this simple piece of metal seemed to exert an almost magical appeal. There were so many questions. Where had it been for the last two hundred years? How do you explain the unusual design?

No one was very impressed with the price brought by the cross. There was no ovation for the high bidder and no one except the buyer had any idea what this purchase would lead to. The cross was brought to the buyer's jewelry design studio in Fort Worth, Texas. Over the next few days the company's designers examined the cross and debated what should be done with it. Ultimately, everyone seemed to come to the same conclusion. The cross called out to be duplicated in a smaller scale, suitable for a pendant for a woman's necklace. Once the first copy was made, it was obvious that a smaller version was needed for men. We all had ideas but we wanted to create something special and, if possible, to create unique pieces of fine jewelry with a Texas connection. When someone suggested that we actually visit the restored Spanish missions in Texas and let the creative genius of the early Spanish artisans guide us, we knew we were on the right track.

There are six restored missions on the San Antonio River, five in San Antonio and one in Goliad, Texas. We had to see them all. The trips to San Antonio and Goliad confirmed our dream. Everywhere we turned, we found crosses or small architectural embellishments that inspired us to create a whole line of jewelry.

The original cross carried across the Rio Grande two hundred years ago has led to the formation of Mission Jewelry, a new company committed to developing a complete line of religious jewelry unique to Texas.