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The Christian Cross symbolizes Christianity.

The Christian Cross also has other types of symbols closely found on the Christian Cross:

Three Pronged End Cap
The Trefoil, Budded or Fleur de Lis End Cap. They are consist of some form of three prongs. This symbol of three represents the Holy Trinity or Godhead.

The Bud also represents buds of a flower where there is no guarantee the the buds will bloom but we have faith that they will. The faith is rewarded with a beautiful flower.

IC XC
The letters IC XC found at the end of the main arm of most Eastern Orthodox Crosses represent the name of Jesus Christ in Greek.

Sterling Silver Cross pendant

Many Crosses are a combination of the traditional meaning of the Cross with various cultural influences. A good example of this is the Celtic Cross. The Celtic Cross is essentially a circle at the intersection of the two straight lines.

The very early Christian movement used the Greek and Latin crosses. The Greek cross is two intersecting lines of equal length. The Latin cross consists of two intersecting lines where the vertical line is longer than the horizontal line.

Most cross designs are spin off's from these two styles. As the development of Christian Churches grew they added their own styles and embellishments to represent the differences in their Christian faith.

Some cross styles reflect the development of their artistic evolution. Some cross patterns were modified through the field of heraldry.

All of this history is important to understand in relationship to jewelry because cultures and Churches would make crosses for jewelry (primarily pendants for necklaces and rings) based on the style of Cross they were exposed to. As the evolution of different Christian faiths have grown so have the numerous styles of Crosses presently seen in jewelry.

Now days Cross jewelry has evolved beyond rings and necklaces to earrings, toe rings, charms, pins and brooches. While early on in the history of the Cross many churches had a specific style of cross as their iconic representation.

Now days, while their are still Church specific cross designs, the majority of Crosses are non denominational in style affording Christianity and almost endless array of Crosses to choose from as they demonstrate their devotion to their Christian faith.

Types of Sterling Silver Crosses

Cross Charms & Pendants and Their Symbolism

Christian Crosses

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Types of Crosses and Their Meaning
Throughout history there have been hundred of crosses with a great deal of history and symbolism behind each cross. Additionally these crosses through the ages have had and continue to have a great deal of stylistic element and artistry with each and every cross that was ever produced in the past. The same holds true with all crosses produced in our day.

While this collection of information on Christian Crosses reflects a great deal of history from crosses of the past we also reflect on the stylistic and artistic elements of current crosses.

Understanding the meaning of some of the history of past crosses and their original use is interesting. It is also meaningful in understanding these elements so that you can recognize them in modern cross charms and cross pendants. It is interesting that while the Christian cross shares one ultimate element in common, the symbol of Christianity, almost every cross produced now and many from the past have other elements. These other elements that appear on historic cross designs and contemporary crosses stem from various Christian religions and cultural aspects of Christianity.


We show actual pictures of Christian crosses rather than drawings as we deal primarily with the combination of elements that comprise modern cross design.

Crosses throughout the ages have been made from just about any medium where a symbol could be fashioned. Gold and silver were likely the first two precious metals used in creating crosses. As silver was largely replaced by an alloy called sterling silver, a large portion of crosses created for jewelry use were fashioned in sterling silver. As a result artisans were able to get more creative. Thus adding many more artistic elements to the Christian symbol of the cross.

This is even more true in modern jewelry making. More cross pendants, cross charms, cross rings, cross necklaces, and cross earrings are made in sterling silver than any other medium including gold.

Artistic elements of crosses. One cross design can have elements of many historical types of crosses. Many different crosses are a part of Crusader crosses that were used to decorate Shields and many types of crosses were/are used in heraldry.

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Budded Cross
The Budded Cross is also know as the Apostles Cross, Disciples Cross, the Trefoil Cross, Bottony Cross or the Cathedral Cross.

A budded cross is generally a Latin cross with each end cap consisting of a three pronged bud. This end cap is often a fleur de lis design. Sometimes the end cap is a three-leaf clover end cap. These end caps must contain three prongs or element because they are used to represent the Trinity or Godhead. Some go so far as to use these three buds to represent the great bible virtues of Faith, Hope and Love. The three buds as end caps is where the reference of Trefoil or Treflee come into play representing the symbolism of three.

Other Christian symbolism for the Disciples Cross or Budded Cross is a connection with Aaron's staff that budded and was preserved in the Ark of the Covenant, showing that life can emerge from death. It also represents the buds of a flower where there is no guarantee the the buds will bloom but we have faith that they will. The faith is rewarded with a beautiful flower.

Since there are four arms, each with three buds, another name of this cross is the Apostles' Cross, with one bud for each of the twelve disciples. The bible frequently refers to the Apostles as disciples so it also is called an Apostles Cross or Disciples Cross.

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This Cross Pendant has a Fleur de Lis end cap.
Sterling Silver Fleur de Lis Cross Pendant
This Cross Pendant has a Fleur de Lis end cap.

 

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This Cross Pendant has a Fleur de Lis end cap although not as pronounced as some of the other Budded crosses.

Sterling Silver Cross Pendant
This Cross Pendant is a good example of a budded end cap.

Sterling Silver Cross Pendant
This Cathedral Cross Pendant is an excellent example of budded end caps.


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This Cross pendant is an example of a cross that fits into more than one class of crosses. This style of the Disciples cross is also a form of the Orthodox cross.


 


 


 

Orthodox Crosses
The Orthodox Cross originates from Eastern Europe and Greece. There are a few styles of the orthodox cross. We only present one style.
 This style has a trefoil (meaning three) bud on the end caps of the cross. These trefoil buds are anciently derived from the lotus flower and/or the pomegranate bud probably using the same symbolism as the budded cross. The Lotus Flower is a symbol used in many religions.
 

Sterling Silver Cross Pendant
This Orthodox Cross Pendant is similar to the Cathedral cross discussed just above. It has the same budded or trefoil end cap. This version of the  Orthodox cross lacks the lines and the Greek letters of  IC XC.

Orthodox Cross
One version of the Orthodox Cross has lines and the letters IC XC.

About the Orthodox Cross Lines:
The Top line symbolically represents the headboard. The bottom line represents the footrest. The bottom line is angled to the left pointing to the "righteous" criminal who said to Jesus: "remember me when you come into your kingdom".

The letters IC XC found at the end of the main arm of most Eastern Orthodox Crosses represent the name of Jesus Christ in Greek.

Sterling Silver Cross pendant
This Cross pendant is an excellent example of a cross that fits into more than one class of crosses. This style of the Disciples cross is also a form of the Orthodox cross. Additionally this Cross pendant has a filigree design filling in the body of the cross. This Eastern Orthodox Cross also lacks the lines and Greek letters.

 

Latin or Western Crosses
Also known as the Chapel Cross or Church Cross.

The Latin Cross is also referred to as the traditional Western Cross to differentiate it from the crosses popular in the East. Because many Christian Churches have a floor plan that resembles the Western or Latin Cross is has come to be known as the Chapel Cross or Church Cross. It is by design a simple cross. It is similar to the Greek cross except that the vertical bar is longer than the horizontal bar. With time, Artisans have added some decorative design to the Latin Cross. These types of crosses are often non denominational and very popular.

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Simple version of the Latin or Church cross design.

Sterling Silver Cross Pendant
Flared design based on the traditional Western or Latin Cross design.
Sterling Silver Cross Pendant
Traditional style of a Church Cross
Sterling Silver Cross Pendant
Contemporary styled cross pendant with a Lotus bud in the center of the cross. Also has trefoil end caps.

 

Sterling silver Cross Charm
The Filigree design has become very popular in creating contemporary cross pendants.

Sterling silver Cross pendant
Decorative modern cross design.

Sterling Silver Cross Pendant
Geometric Cross Cut Out. Looks like a Cross within a Cross.
Sterling silver Cross Pendant
Rope Cross Pendant
A Contemporary cross design that depicts rope that lashes the wooden beams together.

Sterling silver textured Cross pendant
Modern decorative Latin Cross.

Sterling Silver Cross Pendant
Modern styled cross pendant with a Lotus bud in the center of the cross.
Sterling silver cross jewelry charms
Traditional Western or Church Cross Charm.
Sterling Silver Cross Pendant
Contemporary styled cross pendant with a Lotus bud in the center of the cross. Also has trefoil end caps.
   

 

     
 
Sterling Silver Cross Pendant
Byzantine Cross Pendant
This Byzantine style is reminiscent of 4th century Byzantine style of crosses.
 

For many the Byzantine cross style is thought to be synonymous with the Orthodox cross. The two styles of crosses are related to each other with the Byzantine cross having a more distinctive, stylized art form. The Greece and Russian art-work are perhaps the best known styles for what is today call Byzantine.

Sterling Silver Cross Pendant
Sterling Silver Baptismal Cross Pendant
Has a Lotus bud in the center of the cross.
 
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Sterling Silver Canterbury and/or Maltese Cross Pendant
This sterling silver cross pendant has elements of the Canterbury and Maltese crosses.

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Sterling Silver Greek Cross
This is another style of Greek cross where the horizontal and vertical lines are even.


Ornate and Decorative Contemporary Crosses

While there are numerous styles of crosses representing various symbolisms for special purposes. The most popular types of crosses are the ornate and decorative crosses. Some artisans combine elements of various cross styles. Crosses have come to represent geographical and cultural styles like the Santa Fe and Southwestern styles to geometric shapes and filigree designs.

Sterling Silver filigree Cross pendant
Sterling Silver Filigree Cross Pendant
 

Sterling Silver Raindrop Cross Pendant
Sterling Silver Cross Pendant
This raindrop shaped decorative crossed has a hammered texture with a cross in the center.

Sterling Silver Cross Pendant
Sterling Silver Cross Pendant
 

Make your own cross necklace with any of these sterling silver crosses.
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Sterling silver Cross Necklaces are not just an accessory, they're a necessity!

Sterling silver heart Cross Charm
Sterling Silver Cross Heart Charm
 

Sterling silver Cross with Footprints Charm
Cross with Footprints Charm
 

Sterling Silver Cross Charm
Sterling Silver Decorative Double Cross Charm
 

Sterling Silver Cross Charm
Sterling Silver Cross Charm
 

Sterling Silver Horseshoe Cross Charm
Sterling Silver Horse Shoe Cross Charm
 

 


 

Sterling silver ankh jewelry pendant
This Sterling Silver Decorative Ankh Cross Pendant
is a variation on the traditional Ankh Cross. also known as a the Cross of life pendant. Also has a lotus flower on the top and sides of the Ankh cross pendant.
 

Ankh Crosses
The Ankh cross is the Egyptian symbol for "life". The Ankh crosses have also represented strength, healing, fertility, rebirth and regeneration.

The Ankh which was originally an Egyptian pagan symbol of life came to be known in Christian circles as the Cross of life.

Ankh Cross Pendant
Traditional Style Sterling Silver Ankh Pendant or Cross of Life Pendant.


For Many Celtic Cross Charms and Pendants
The Celts were originally pagans. When they were converted to Christianity they were required to give up there symbolisms and adopt Christian symbols, particularly the Christian cross. They were reluctant to give up their signs and symbols. As a compromise they created the Christian Cross with Celtic symbols on them. The Celtic Cross is also know as the Irish High Cross. It has been adopted widely in Christianity and is now just as popular as any other style of Cross.

Other symbolism of this cross relates to the four directions. East is rebirth, youth, Spring, and growth. West is knowledge, experience, Autumn, and guidance. South is vitality, vigor, Summer, and strength. North is wisdom, silence, winter, and death. The circle connects them in the cycle of life.

 

Sterling Silver Celtic Cross Pendant
Traditional Sterling Silver Celtic Cross
(Irish High Cross) Pendant
 

Sterling Silver Celtic Cross Pendant with Irish Shamrock
A Variation on the Sterling Silver Irish High Cross or  Celtic Cross Pendant. It has a Irish Shamrock on it.
 

Sterling Silver Celtic Cross Pendant with an irish Claddagh
A Sterling Silver Celtic Cross or Irish High Cross Pendant. It has two highly symbolic symbols: A Claddagh and Trinity Symbol on it
Measures about 1 1/8" x 2 1/4". Claddagh Symbolism: Hands = Friendship, Crown = Loyality, Heart = Love. Trinity: Three points represent Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Celtic Cross charm made from .925 sterling silver
Sterling Silver Celtic Cross Charm
Irish High Cross Charm
 

Sterling Silver Celtic Cross Pendant with Irish Trinity Knot designs
Sterling Silver Celtic Cross (with Trinity Knot Design) Pendant
 

Sterling Silver Celtic Cross Pendant with Trinity Knot designs
Sterling Silver Celtic Cross (with Trinity Knot Design) Pendant
 

     
     
     

Make your own cross necklace with these sterling silver crosses.
Select your sterling silver Cross Pendants from this page and then select your
sterling silver necklace chains.
Now you have a customized sterling silver cross necklace.


 
 

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