St. Nicholas Cross Pendant
(left, top) Carved in stone in the British Isles, and primarily date from 700 to 900 AD. The actual historical meaning behind these crosses is far from certain. My friend Stephen Walker, of Walker Metalsmiths, cites one possible origin of this unique design in an article that can be found on his webpage (http://www.celtarts.com/celtic.htm). This may not be the actual, historical origin, but in its own way it rings true:
There is a legend of how St. Patrick, when preaching to some soon-to-be converted heathens, was shown a sacred standing stone that was marked with a circle that was symbolic of the moon goddess. Patrick made the mark of a Latin cross through the circle and blessed the stone, making the first Celtic Cross. This legend implies that the Saint was willing to make ideas and practices that were formerly Druid into Christian ideas and practices. This is consistent with the belief that he converted and ordained many Druids to lives as Christian priests.
Our Celtic Cross is 1.75 inches (45 mm) tall by 1.25 (32 mm) wide. It is available in bronze or sterling silver, and comes with a 18" gold or silver tone steel chain.St. Nicholas Cross
(left, 2nd item) This cross was associated with Saint Nicholas. The historical Saint Nichola s, also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a 4th century saint and Greek Bishop of the Mediterranean port city of Myra (now in modern day Turkey). He is one of the most popular saints, especially for Eastern Catholics and the Orthodox. He was concerned for the welfare of children, and had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him. Thus he became the model for Santa Claus.
This design is molded from an actual historical cross that we believe dates from circa 1200 AD. We have modified the bail to fit a modern chain, and thickened up the back of the cross for casting purposes, but the details on the front of this cross are identical to the original cross.
Our St. Nicholas Cross is 1.25 inches tall by 1 inch wide. It is available in bronze or sterling silver, and comes with a 18" gold or silver tone steel chain.
St. Brigid's Cross
Legend holds that Brigid was summoned by servants to the deathbed of their old pagan chieftain, in the hope that the saintly woman might be able to calm his restless spirit. (In some versions of the story this chieftain is her father) As she sat by his bedside, soothing him with kind words, she picked up some of the rushes which were strewn across the floor of the room. She began weaving them together into a cross, explained the meaning of the cross to the sick man as she did. Her calming words brought peace to his soul. The chieftan’s fever broke, and he grew quiet. Captivated by her lesson of love and enlightenment, the old chieftan was baptized as a christian, just before his death.
The distinctive St Brigid’s Cross is thought to keep its owner safe from evil, fire and hunger. It is likely a very old symbol, possibly with pre-Christian origins as a symbol of the sun, similar to the sun wheel amulets found throughout Europe in the Bronze Age.
This pendant is 1.5 inches (38 mm) tall by 1.5 inch (38 mm) wide. It is available in bronze and sterling silver, and comes with a gold or silver tone steel necklace.
Two Celtic Steampunk Crosses to choose from: Large Clockwork Cross Small Celtic Steampunk Cross
Two Celtic Steampunk Crosses to choose from:
Large Clockwork Cross
Small Celtic Steampunk Cross