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About this Sterling Silver Men's St. Michael Medal with Shield Shape
This very popular St. Michael pendant has a great shield shape. On either side are the words SAINT MICHAEL - PROTECT US. The back is plain and can be engraved for a truly personalized medal.
St. Michael the Archangel is venerated as the guardian of God's people and is the patron saint of police officers, paramedics, paratroopers, battle, soldiers, and sailors.
As the patron saint of police officers, St. Michael knows what it means to face the threat of evil and imminent danger. Saint Michael had a long history of battling the devil. Throughout Scriptures, he’s the warrior angel, standing up to and defeating Satan many times. His largest challenge and triumph over evil takes place in the Book of Revelation (12:7-8) when the devil tries to revolt against God:
"there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Pendant Size: 1 1/4" x 7/8 " (Includes loop at the top) | 1.2" x 0.8" (30mm x 21mm)
Pendant Material: Sterling Silver or 16kt Gold over solid .925 sterling silver
Weight of medal: 5.5 Grams.
Shield shape pendant.
Chain Options: Gold Plated, or Genuine rhodium plated curb chain, or sterling silver.
Worn by: Men
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Here are the answers to the questions we get every single day.
What's the right pendant size for me?
All the catholic jewelry sold on our site will be sized including the loop at the top of the medal.
When shopping for jewelry, consider personal preferences and body size. The taller the person the larger the pendant they can wear without seeming out of proportion.
So how do you know what size to pick when purchasing a pendant online? See below for a quick guide
CHARM SIZE: Babies, Children, and Small Charms
These are tiny pendants and are an excellent choice for small children or those looking to add a charm size devotional to an existing pendant. These medals are typically no larger than your pinky nail or US coin dime size.
Common pendant heights include 3/8 inch, ½ inch, and ¼ inch height.
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE: Women and Teens
The majority of pendants fall into the small to medium size range and are most commonly worn by women, older adolescents, and teen girls.
For small pendants, think of a pendant that is a bit smaller than a dime. Common pendant heights include 9/16th and 5/8 inch height.
A medium sized medal is preferred by most women, youth boys and teen girls. Common sizes include 11/16 inch, 13/16 inch, 3/4 inch and 7/8 inch heights. These pendants are very close in size to a US nickel coin.
LARGE: Men (and women that prefer larger jewelry)
If the pendant is one inch or more in height it is considered large enough for a man to wear. The larger/taller the man, the larger he may prefer to wear his jewelry, so be sure to get out a ruler if you are unsure.
How do I pick the right necklace length?
Where do you prefer to wear your devotional jewelry? On display for everyone to see or tucked into your shirt, closer to your heart? There is no right or wrong way to wear your crucifix or miraculous jewelry, what makes you feel comfortable is the right choice.
Our necklaces are displayed in total length in inches. The shorter the length the higher up on our chest the pendant will sit.
Children and youth: A 16-inch chain is appropriate to wear for a first communion age child. If younger, consider a 13 inch.
Women: If you like your pendant to sit just below your neck and visible with most tops, select an 18-inch chain. If you are a woman and prefer a longer chain that will not be visible with most tops, choose a 20 inch or longer. Please note, the taller or larger your body type, the longer your chain to fit around your neck.
Teen Boys: Many teens wear a shorter chain for two reasons, they are a bit smaller in size or they want to make sure the pendant is visible to others. Teen boys do well with 18 inches (very high up, close to the neck), 20 inches (below the collarbone) and 24 inches (by the breastbone).
Men: Many Catholic men will choose to wear a Miraculous medal or a crucifix tucked inside their shirt and to have it rest between their color bone, near to their heart. For this look, we suggest a 24-inch chain or longer. Most men will be able to put a 24-inch chain over their head (if you are a larger man, you may need to consider a slightly longer chain).
27-inch to 30-inch necklace is extra-long and many larger men prefer these lengths for their devotional jewelry so they can easily put them over their heads without having to open and close a clasp.
For the perfect fit, take a moment a measure the circumference of your neck, especially if you intend to purchase a shorter choker length (16” or less). With a soft tape measure, wrap the tape measure around your neck, note the measurement and then add two inches to that. This is the shortest chain option you should consider, and it will be above the collarbone.
Consider Your Pendant Size
Balance is important when selecting a chain length. A small pendant will look odd with a long bulky chain and a large pendant should be worn with a chain heavy enough to maintain the pendant and chain without breaking.
Our sterling silver chains are genuine .925 sterling silver chains. A .925 stamp guarantees that the chains are 92.5% pure silver mixed with 7.5% copper. Copper is added to strengthen the metal as silver itself is too soft for jewelry. Adding a bit of copper creates a durable material without compromising the color.
Added bonus! Our sterling silver chains are tarnish-resistant because they include a very thin top layer of rhodium. Rhodium is a very precious metal (more so than gold) and a few microns of this material is added to coat the sterling silver chains so that they look lustrous and will not tarnish.
**NEVER CLEAN YOUR STERLING SILVER WITH CAUSTIC SUBSTANCES. Only use mild dish soap for cleaning.
Rhodium Plated Chain
A rhodium Plated chain is a perfect match for your sterling silver pendant. Our brass chains are layered in a thin coating of Rhodium (just a few microns) and are transformed into a lustrous silver-tone with tarnish resistant properties. This is a great option for your pendant as it keeps costs down without compromising on quality.
** NEVER CLEAN YOUR RHODIUM PLATED CHAINS WITH CAUSTIC SUBSTANCES. Only use mild dish soap for cleaning.
Gold Plated Chain
A Gold-plated chain has the look of gold with value pricing. The chain's base metal (typically brass, copper or other metals) is coated with a very thin layer of gold by using an electrochemical process.
Please note, over time, a gold-plated chain may wear off as it comes in contact with a person's skin or pollutants.
Gold Filled Chain
Although more expensive, a gold-filled chain wears just like gold and will not wear off.
Solid gold is bonded to a base metal chain. The heat and pressure of the bonding process fuse the base metal to the gold for a lasting combination.
Gold-filled chains are stamped with their gold percentage. Our gold-filled chains are 14KT gold-filled, or 10KT or 12KT.
What is Gold-Filled jewelry?
14 karat Gold-filled jewelry looks just like 14 karat solid gold jewelry, but it is a fraction of the cost.
With 14 karat gold jewelry being so expensive many of us are opting for the gold-filled versions of our favorite devotional jewelry. (don't confuse gold filled with gold plated as they are very different)
In simple terms, a gold-filled piece of jewelry has a thick layer of gold on the back and the front of the pendant. The two 14 karat gold layers are bonded together over a base metal. A gold-filled pendant will use less gold, so it costs less but looks just as good.
When you purchase a gold-filled pendant from the Catholic Faith Store, here's what you can expect;
Looks like solid gold
Maintains its value
Stamped on the back
Made in the USA
Will last for decades
It looks like gold, it wears like gold and that is because the outer layer is 14K (or 12KT) gold!
Rhodium is a very precious metal that can cost much more than gold and platinum!
By itself rhodium is generally not considered a feasible material to make jewelry from, because it is stressed & brittle, and very difficult to "work" properly for jewelry making. But Rhodium is fabulous as a plating for jewelry because it is glitteringly, dazzlingly, white and mirror-like. It's like chrome, but much whiter, and one of the most reflective of metals there is.
The majority of our silver colored chains (brass and sterling silver) are plated with rhodium to give them a protective layer that matches with the jewelry, and is very hypoallergenic.
Our 'high shine' jewelry pendants and charms are typically plated with a thick layer of rhodium to get that mirror-like finish that can't be achieved with sterling silver alone.
What is Sterling Silver?
Sterling Silver History
Experts believe that silver alloy, used today as sterling silver, originated in continental Europe in the 12th century. Pure silver was found to be a soft and easily damageable material. When combined with other metals, most commonly cooper, it produced a tougher material that could be heavily relied on. Throughout the next few centuries, Sterling Silver was used as currency and for household items. It was often used as silverware and became the material used in a proper table setting between 1840 and 1940 throughout the United States and Europe. Because of this popularity, silver companies began to grow. During this craze, companies began to experiment using Sterling Silver compositions in jewelry, as it was a material that was easy to mold into intricate designs and gave a luxurious look with its metallic finish.
Sterling Silver Composition
While pure silver can be combined with many different types of metals, Sterling Silver is created when combining pure silver with copper. Sterling Silver jewelry can be composed with different amounts of copper but is most often seen with the .925 stamp, meaning that the composition is of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper. This has been found to be a good combination for maintaining the silver's durability without harming its sparkle.
How do I care for my sterling silver?
Sterling Silver Cleaning Instructions
NEVER use a sterling silver cleaning solution on your jewelry. It will take off the protective coating.
Take a half cup of warm water and a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid soap and mix together.
With a soft clean cotton cloth dip the cloth into the soapy water getting it moist.
Use the moist cloth to wipe the surface of your sterling silver jewelry.
Take the just cleaned jewelry and run under clear water for a few seconds to wash away any soap.
Allow jewelry to dry before storing
Other things to remember: When not wearing your sterling silver jewelry, keep it in an air-tight container or zip lock bag. Avoid household clean products getting in contact with the jewelry. And take off your jewelry when you swim, shower or are washing dishes.
Read Fifty Six Sterling Silver Men's St. Michael Medal with Shield Shape Reviews
4.91Rated 4.91 from 56 reviews
01/18/2022Anonymous - Verified Customer
We got it fast and it was excactly what we ordered
01/02/2022E Wright - Verified Customer
This was a gift for our son and we were very happy with the quality of this product. Defintiely would not hesitate to purchase from this store again.
11/25/2021D Eurglunes - Verified Customer
06/29/2021C Koeppen - Verified Customer
It was even nicer in person. Engraving was perfect. Gave it to my son upon graduating police academy. Arrived within a couple of days.
04/24/2021C Zepernick - Verified Customer
The medal is even better in-hand than the photo portrays; very quality product. The engraving turned out really well. The receiver was REALLY HAPPY with it.
02/24/2021S Wenger - Verified Customer
This gift was for my retired police officer boyfriend. He loves it as well as the personal inscription on the back. Good quality and delivered in perfect time
01/02/2021T Knox - Verified Customer
Love it! Bought it for my son's police academy graduation. He loved it, put it right on. The medal is beautiful and the chain is of good quality.
12/27/2020S Plant - Verified Customer
06/10/2020M White - Verified Customer
04/24/2020S Runyon - Verified Customer
01/19/2020L Garofalo - Verified Customer
My brother is a retired Police Officer and is retired in Florida. He was inquiring about his St. Michael's medal that he could to find. I saw the shield shape St Micael's medal and send it directly to him (sight unseen). He called me right away and was showing it to me on FaceTime and he was crying...He loved it and it meant the world to him...Thank you Catholic Faith Store for having such a wonderful product...
12/08/2019M Green - Verified Customer
So lovely having a medal which is not round or oval. Fast shipment.
08/31/2019R Dove - Verified Customer
08/30/2019B Monk - Verified Customer
Beautiful piece! It is a gift for my brother and will look forward to his opinion.
08/30/2019G Duval - Verified Customer
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL !
MY HUSBAND LOVES IT AND WE LOVE THE ENGRAVING ~GREAT JOB!
08/23/2019P King - Verified Customer
The product was beautiful and the online pictures do not do it justice. The details are gorgeous as well as the engraving. My husband love it.
02/22/2019D Alvarez - Verified Customer
I am very pleased with the medal, engraving was perfect and quality of the pendent that I received for my gift is absolutely beautiful....this is a perfect gift for my family member who is entering a law enforcement career, let this shield protect him!
10/08/2018J Fedder - Verified Customer
We got this St. Michael metal for my son how is joining the plymouth county sheriffs dept. and he just had his 21st birthday. He said it was the best present he got. this metal has great detail and is very handsome for any male 1st responder that u would like to help keep safe. ty catholic faith store for selling such high quality metals. and the engraving was done very well. thank you, Pettingell family, Halifax, Ma
08/04/2018P Pettingell - Verified Customer
Great price and fast delivery. This is my one stop place for future orders.
07/17/2018H Nguyen - Verified Customer
05/24/2018M Seibt - Verified Customer
05/01/2018R Flores - Verified Customer
03/20/2018G Bolinger - Verified Customer
This medal was a wedding gift for my husband. I loved that I could engrave it with out wedding date. It arrived way before the scheduled delivery date and in plenty of time for the wedding. He adores it and it looks amazing around his neck. Thank you for helping to make our special day even better.
03/13/2018J Riley - Verified Customer
03/06/2018E Whitehead - Verified Customer
This was a beautiful gift for my husband. It was the perfect size for a man as it was larger than I anticipated. He loves it!
02/08/2018C Wessler - Verified Customer
12/12/2017E Oremus - Verified Customer
Turned out outstanding! Exactly what I was wanting
08/28/2017H Kimel - Verified Customer
The shipping was very fast for it being in engraved. My boyfriend who is a police officer loved it.
05/11/2017C Stefan - Verified Customer
02/17/2017M McGhan - Verified Customer
02/16/2017S Jackman - Verified Customer
He loved it. Was engraved and shipped within 5 hours of my order submission.
01/25/2017A Sadowski - Verified Customer
I bought this for my son who is a police officer, I had it engraved on the back and everything looks great, the medal is very clear and easy to see and the engraving was perfect. I will definitely order from this store in the future
12/29/2016S Rogstad - Verified Customer
12/27/2016L Ferrara - Verified Customer
12/06/2016D Garner - Verified Customer
Perfect pendant for my police officer husband.
11/10/2016M Santiago - Verified Customer
09/14/2016C Huels - Verified Customer
Recent graduate of the Police Academy loved it!
09/02/2016B Fetchko - Verified Customer
Excellent quality and beautiful workmanship. Came well-packaged with presentation gift box. I purchased the item for my grandson who is a Marine. It would be good to have the option for a longer chain.
07/26/2016R Ortaldo - Verified Customer
07/04/2016L Swearinger - Verified Customer
It's a fine piece of jewelry and it's what I expected !
06/25/2016T Hershberger - Verified Customer
Very impress with the fast service of this site,,it was ship the day I ordered this medal , with engraving ..the medal is just want i was looking for.
06/22/2016D Blakeley - Verified Customer
06/21/2016D White - Verified Customer
I was very impressed when I got this medal! Not only was it sentimental that you can engrave the back, which I did for my fiancé, but the quality and design was well done and beautiful! It exceeded my expectations, thank you catholic faith store!!
03/27/2016R Sloup - Verified Customer
12/29/2015K Clayton - Verified Customer
04/15/2015M Irizarry - Verified Customer
01/21/2015D Banks - Verified Customer
When I received the medal it was even more beautiful in person. It is a nice size and the length of the chain is perfect for a man. I also got a message engraved on the back which came out beautifully.
01/04/2015V Giampietro - Verified Customer
I bought this for my husband, and he never takes it off. It's perfect, just the right size and length for a man.
12/29/2014S Holler - Verified Customer
Our son was very satisfied with his gift. Thanks.
10/30/2014R Crow - Verified Customer
07/18/2014D Morley - Verified Customer
After searching various sites, I found that the Catholic Faith Store offers the most beautiful St. Michael Medal available anywhere. I purchased this medal on line for my nephew who was scheduled to graduate from the NY Police Academy in two weeks. The Catholic Faith Store order form has a section you can fill out to say that a gift should arrive before a certain date. I have never seen this question on any other site. The Store also engraved the medal, and I was a little concerned whether the medal would arrive before the graduation day. I was very happy to learn that the medal was shipped in only two days, and arrived well before the graduation. My nephew was very pleased with the quality and beauty of the medal and the engraving was perfect. The Catholic Faith Store delivers outstanding customer service and great products.
10/15/2013J Szenczy - Verified Customer
Beautiful item. It's the perfect size.
05/01/2013K Young - Verified Customer
Very detailed & attractive.
12/01/2012B Buckle - Verified Customer
I was very happy with how quickly you were able to get it to me. It was a birthday present and I had it monogrammed, but I still received it within 4 days I believe. My son loved it. Thank you.
10/27/2012M Romero - Verified Customer
11/24/2009J Decicco - Verified Customer
Both my wife and I enjoy the Medal.
Very happy with the Quality