About this Sterling Silver Men's Large Classic Five-Way Medal with Dove Center
One of our most popular Men's 5-way medals and it is easy to see why. The wide tips of this pendant make way for clear images and the center of the cross has a descending dove; the symbol of the Holy Spirit.
This cruciform medal is made up of four medals: the Sacred Heart of Jesus; St. Christopher; the Miraculous Medal; St. Joseph; and the Holy Spirit dove at the center.
The back of the medal features an image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Marian Cross emblem separated by the text "I am a Catholic in case of an accident please call a priest."
The perfect gift idea as this pendant combines four devotional images into one! Wear it and be reminded of your faith and spirituality as you invoke the help of each member of the medal.
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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 Forty Eight Sterling Silver Men's Large Classic Five-Way Medal with Dove Center Reviews
4.94Rated 4.94 from 48 reviews
05/28/2022Anonymous - Verified Customer
03/10/2022W Steinert - Verified Customer
11/09/2021P Nuvallie - Verified Customer
Received order within a few days.
11/05/2021P Peoni - Verified Customer
My husband loves it.
10/28/2021J Lantz - Verified Customer
Very nice quality. Absolutely Satisfied !
06/16/2021J Scuderi - Verified Customer
This is a very beautiful medal, one of the best I could find, and I love it. Having said that, I would personally prefer an option for a larger medal that would be easier to make out details and writing on the front and back.
04/23/2021D Grim - Verified Customer
Very nice quality.
03/19/2021P Bergeron - Verified Customer
08/12/2020M Tallman - Verified Customer
The size is definitely masculine and the details are perfect! In every section you can clearly see the image. We liked this so much that I purchased something different for my wife. Very happy with our decision.
11/08/2019M Snyder - Verified Customer
Product was excellent, and delivery was very quick.
06/14/2019R Dembowski - Verified Customer
11/13/2018R Koraus - Verified Customer
09/06/2018C Colburn - Verified Customer
07/12/2018S Johnson - Verified Customer
Love it and so does my husband. It was my gift to him. Wish though, that more detail would have been carved out. All in all very nice.
04/29/2018L Stark - Verified Customer
I was very pleased and would order again
04/10/2018R Fletcher - Verified Customer
It's beautiful and it arrived in 2 days.
Thank you for the quick service and quality product.
Blessings to your company.
01/06/2018P Poff - Verified Customer
Love it, thank you
01/02/2018S King - Verified Customer
Bought this as a gift for my husband this Christmas. He loves it. Won’t take it off, even sleeps in it. It is a beautiful medal.
08/05/2017L Buse - Verified Customer
I purchased this for my father for his 87th birthday. The medal was exactly as described and was beautiful. Unfortunately, my father didn't receive my gift with the enthusiasm I had anticipated and I have returned the medal for credit. I will definitely shop this site again! Thank you for your prompt exceptional service!
08/02/2017M Dillis - Verified Customer
This is an absolutely wonderful medal for a man.
06/17/2017D Charlton - Verified Customer
05/20/2017D Rakus - Verified Customer
Beautiful cross. We gave it as a confirmation gift to our nephew. He loved it and even the priest commented on how beautiful it was.
02/21/2017C Southrey - Verified Customer
nice defined detail, good size and weight
12/22/2016J Mathews - Verified Customer
Perfect design and style on this five-way medal. My husband really loves wearing it.
12/01/2016R McDonald - Verified Customer
Looking for a beautiful yet masculine five way medal and this was just perfect.
09/13/2016M Santiago - Verified Customer
06/11/2016M Blair - Verified Customer
04/29/2016K Markey-Cirillo - Verified Customer
03/01/2016L Kopp - Verified Customer
Was more then I expected. Clear, bright lettering. Nice finish.
02/25/2016A Wunsch - Verified Customer
09/08/2015T Butler - Verified Customer
08/27/2015M Herfort - Verified Customer
Prettier than I thought lt would be! Your company gave great service and the person that help me was an employee any company would want to have representing them.
05/05/2015T Hire - Verified Customer
10/22/2014W Gable - Verified Customer
08/22/2013C Leal Reza - Verified Customer
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05/20/2013D Fredericksen - Verified Customer
01/04/2013G Rutkowski - Verified Customer
12/26/2012W Lemoine - Verified Customer
Quality excellent! Looked even better than the picture and I received it literally 48 hours after I ordered it. It was a great gift and my husband loved it!!
04/05/2012S Thomson - Verified Customer
The Medal is beautiful. Exactly what we wanted. However, the chain broke the very first week my husband wore it. We had it fixed at the jeweler, but it was unfortunate.
12/16/2011J Rabold - Verified Customer
weak "open ended" rings attaching the clasp to the chain
06/24/2011A Masse - Verified Customer
06/02/2011R Pettinger - Verified Customer
Beautiful Medal!! Was all that i expected and more!! Delivery was super and the lady taking my order couldn't have been more helpful.
01/28/2010S McNally - Verified Customer
01/28/2010E Eldridge - Verified Customer
12/22/2009G Holton - Verified Customer
I hope my husband likes his Christmas present as much as I do! The quality is very nice and the medal is beautiful. Thank you, Suzanne