Catholic Gold Chain

Gold cuban link with crucifix.
Gold cuban link with crucifix.

This gold cuban link with a small crucifix goes deep into the history of many generations related to the Machucas. This expensive necklace that ranges from $500 to $2,000, is used as a representation of our religion as Catholics and unity as a Puerto Rican family. Around 1938, my great grandmother had gotten her golden necklace from Puerto Rico once she had visited her family, making it crystal clear her American identity had incorporated her Hispanic roots somehow. Ever since then, every grandchild and mother had their own version of this beautiful necklace, going back to our country. My mother had this to say about her own necklace, “My mom, Gail, passed it on to me when I was your age.” I had gotten my own version of the necklace when I was 6 years old, given to me by my mother. To me, this object shows my close-knit family and how we are proud Catholics. This tradition connects to my identity because part of my identity includes my family. “We’re traditional, proud Catholics and shows how we will stick together no matter what,” my mother told me.  Every Easter, we come together to celebrate our religious beliefs and loving family circle, being sure that all members have their chains hanging proudly from their necks to show the world how we are all connected as one. 

Place(s): Puerto Rico, New York
Year: 1938

– JM

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more