Gold Cross Diamond

Gold Cross Diamond

As an intrinsic part of Christian evolution, most people are aware that when wearing a necklace cross it carries with it a whole host of religious connotations. Yet many non-devout people also choose to wear this iconic symbol around their neck. Despite the theological overtones, celebrities from David Beckham to Elton John are frequently spotted sporting diamond cross pendants. Indeed the reality is that regardless of how our culture readily acknowledges this emblem, silver and gold crosses were not always perceived with such reverence.

 

It is widely accepted that after circles, crosses are one of the first shapes that children from all cultures drawn, perhaps because the image has been assimilated from their life experiences but more likely because of the simplicity of the figure. This may be corroborated by the fact that as far back as the stone age, with primitive man, markings on cave walls included many cross-shaped incisions, showing the symbol pre-dated Christianity. Used within many ancient European cultures, examples of the symbol can even be found on Celtic coins

 

Before the association with Christ was made, the cross was thought to represent, among other things, an asterism located in the south polar constellation Carine, which consisted of four bright stars in a cross formation. The pagan Romans using the cross as a symbol of the Babylonian sun god and featured it on coins dating back to 100 BC, while the head of Julius Caesar was embossed on the reverse. An alternate version is that the symbol is meant to represent the seasons and nature, as at the ancient Temple Mound located at Newgrange, the shadows cast by the winter and summer solstices form a perfect cross.

 

When in the 4th century, crucifixion as a method of execution was abolished, crosses necklaces began to emerge as representations of the sacrifice of Christ. Prior to this, etchings of the cross had covertly featured on catacombs and tombstones, but any open connection was rejected as the sign evoked feelings of fear and cruelty. The term cross was actually only introduced into the English language in the 10th century, specifically to represent the instrument used to crucify Jesus, previously known as “rood” and derived from the Latin “crux”. The word has evolved over time so that now it can also be used solely to represent the geometric shape.

 

It is not only observed as a Christian symbol however, as the cross is present in many different religions. Several faiths wear cross necklaces to represent the union between the divinity, shown as the vertical line, and the world, displayed by the horizontal line. As piety has fallen by the wayside throughout much of the developing world though, the cross has still continued to be popular. Whether as a ravishing ruby cross or simply stylish gold cross pendant, and every design in between, these venerated and admired symbols make fabulous items of jewelery, that are only more intriguing for their interesting and varied past.   

Michelle Elkins is a regular writer for The Diamond Store, a UK online jewelery store which supplies diamond cross pendants, gold cross pendants and a wide range of necklace crosses at prices up to 60 percent below those of the high street.

Gold Cross Diamond
Gold Cross Diamond
Gold Cross Diamond

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>