Celtic Cross Jewelry
The Celtic Cross has become one of
the most famous pieces of Celtic Jewelry. It has deep spiritual meaning and is a breath taking
This cross itself is a regular Christian cross with a circle surrounding the point
where the lines of the cross meet in the center. It is so called, because it derives from the British Isles and was
first used in the seventh through the ninth centuries in Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
Many artisans have fashioned beautiful necklaces, pendants and even brooches from the Celtic Cross design. This
is truly a wonderful way for anyone of Celtic ancestry and the Christian faith to show their love of both
The vast majority of Celtic crosses today are made for individual use. The contemporary Celtic cross is
popular in jewelry, T-shirts, tattoos, coffee cups and other items.
This representation is often related to the numerous regional representation of crosses combined with a circle
before Christianity. Often called "sun cross", they can be found in Bronze Age Europe(Nordic Bronze Age, Urnfield culture).
But there is a constant difference: only the Christian cross shows arms outside the circle, while the sun cross
is totally surrounded by its circle. Moreover, the sun crosses are sometimes made with more than four arms. The
archaic English word for cross as an instrument of torture is rood (literally "pole", cognate with
rod). The word cross in English derives only indirectly from Latin crux
via Old Irish and possibly Old Norse, introduced in the 10th century.
Celtic crosses may have had origins in the early Coptic church. The similarity between the
ankh, symbol of "life" and variations of the cross, or ankh with a circle on Coptic stella and textiles
from as early as the 5th century, clearly show that the combination of circle and cross were used in early
Some experts say that the crosses were originally carved horizontally on stone. Their geometrical ring
construction and the fact that the lights in east-facing high crosses can be seen to refract early morning sunlight
is indicative of vertical construction.
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