As the most recognized symbol of the Christian faith, the cross is commonly regarded as a sign of spirituality and religion. But there are also numerous examples throughout history where the design is incorporated into a fashionable piece of jewelry. The result is often versatile jewelry that stands the test of time and can be worn everyday on any occasion and can be matched with anything from casual work clothes to formal evening wear.
The history of the cross necklace can be traced back to as early as the 2nd century. Early church followers like Tertullian and St. Clement of Alexandria held the cross as a sacred symbol and a sign of protection. Archeologists have found numerous artifacts marked with the cross from many civilizations dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries including drawings, mosaics, medals, necklaces and rings. The cross has been depicted on Christian Churches and monuments from the 4th century. It has been used to designate royalty and worn by Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant clergy as a sign of reverence and devotion. Today it is used to decorate contemporary Christian churches and worn by people everywhere for religious or fashion statements.
Crafted of gold, silver, or platinum and often containing beautiful gemstones, the cross necklace can be found in a wide variety of designs. We love the delicate look of this dainty diamond cross pendant. Set in 14 karat white gold, this necklace is the perfect graduation present or birthday gift for someone special. For a more masculine and traditional design, this cross pendant in stainless steel features unique textured detail and suspends from a 22” stainless steel chain. This Maltese cross pendant is based on a cross design that dates back to the first crusade. It is also the symbol of Amalfi, a small Italian republic of the 11th century. Set in 18 karat gold and sterling silver with pearls on each point and in the center, this cross is part of the Konstantino “Melina” collection.
For a gift that is symbolic of faith and protection and can be styled with any outfit, you can’t go wrong with the gift of a beautiful cross necklace. View our entire collection of cross jewelry here.