Christmas is right around the corner and the hustle to find gifts for each of your loved ones can be one of the most stressful tasks of the season. Cross necklaces are a timeless addition to any woman’s jewelry collection. If buying a thoughtful cross necklace strikes you as a good fit for anyone on your Christmas list, we wanted to spotlight a few of our favorites that are both stunning and also do good for the world.
1. 31 Bits | $39.50
31 Bits’ name was inspired by Proverbs 31 because the passage described “a diligent woman providing and caring for her family using her gifts and talents.” … And that fully embodies 31 Bits’ mission to empower the disenfranchised through employment opportunities.
We love 31 Bits’ efforts to humanize their supply chain and also their work to create a family-friendly work atmosphere for their artisans. This classic Cross Charm Necklace can be purchased for $39.50 and comes in both gold and silver.
2. The Starfish Project | $42.99
Starfish Project works to help women and girls who have been targeted for sex trafficking and offer them an alternative–a chance to establish independence and develop their careers. They have several cross jewelry styles, but this minimalistic Layla-Gold Cross Bar Necklace for $42.99 is our favorite; we’ve never seen anything quite like it before.
3. Dogeared | $62
Dogeared has ample affordable options for both cross necklaces and other cross-inspired accessories, but we love their modern take on the rosary with the Love + Family Rosary Style Necklace for $62.
Dogeared is a certified B-Corp, but their efforts to give back don’t stop there! Dogeared recently commissioned the Do Good Bus to travel across LA filled with kind-hearted people embarking on surprise volunteer efforts to support charities all across town.
4. The Giving Keys | $28
Photo: The Giving Keys
The Giving Keys is headquartered in downtown Los Angeles and works to employ people transitioning out of homelessness. Most famous for repurposing keys and turning them into a jewelry trend, The Giving Keys has always inspired buyers with their uplifting hand stamped designs and their “pay it forward” ethos. Their Classic Ball Chain Key Necklace (cross) is adorable, but we’re most obsessed with their Symbol Disc Pendants (cross) which are available for the extremely reasonable $28.
5. Alkemie | $209
For the bohemian in your life, Alekmie’s nature-inspired aesthetic may be a perfect fit. This unique Bird Cross Necklace features a peace dove, butterfly-embellished links and rosary-inspired beads. It‘s made of 100% reclaimed metal and retails for $209. We also love Alekemie’s commitment to give back–they donate a portion of their sales annually to charity.
6. Able | $38
ABLE offers a wide variety of fashion items, most known for their trend-setting leather bags. With a mission to employ women at living wages, ABLE knows transparency is key to backing up their claims. They publish all wages for their work force and voluntarily undergo an annual audit to verify their claim, using #PublishYourWages to move the conversation forward on social media. We love this Mini Pendant Necklace available in three colors for $38.
7. Pyrrha | $174
Pyrrha stands out with a Cross Talisman look that’s more rock-and-roll than the others. Taking a unique approach to their designs, pendants look like vintage wax seals. Pyrrha is a certified B-Corp and takes great pride in their production model, working to source their line with only local materials.
With a rougher and rawer aesthetic, we think these talismans that retail for $174 look great on both women and men alike.
8. Misuzi | $99
We love the horizontal Cross Necklace trend and Misuzi executes it so well. Made with precious metals, this $99 AUD piece is a thoughtful higher-end gift. We also love The Lana, a simple double cross charm style. Misuzi is a delicate and feminine Australian brand with an eco-commitment to source its designs with mixed and raw metals.
9. Alex and Ani | $88
Alex and Ani is a widely popular jewelry company most known for its unique charm bangle bracelets. However, they also have a wide variety of necklaces. We love this extra-tall minimalistic Cross Adjustable Necklace for $88, although their whole collection of cross jewelry is well worth exploring. We’re so inspired by their Charity by Design efforts as well–they’ve given $50 million (and counting) to incredible causes over the years!