Cross of Clackmannan - Pendant
This cross from the Scottish area of Clackmannan symbolizes beauty and loveliness.
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Cross of Clackmannan
The uniqueness and the skillfull design of the symbolic pendants of the Celtic craftsmen is unsurpassed until today and they were therefore known in the whole world for their symbols made of various materials. The high quality of these pendants excelled them among their contemporaries as being artful and knowing: Celtic crosses were worn by the Scots to reach serenity concerning problems and spiritual guidance in life - and this cross is particularly beautiful and graceful in design. This old symbol of Celtic belief was able to survive for a very long time in the region around Clackmannan, where the pattern of this pendant originates from, because Christianization was carried out rather late in this part of Scotland. The Celtic cross thereby stands for mankind being in harmony with the horizontal plane of the material and the vertical plane of the spiritual world.
This pendant is made of pewter, a shiny, soft metal which is very malleable and has a good tarnish resistance. Artists and craftsmen used pewter quite early (dinnerware, sculptures, household articles, pewter figures, jewelry) and hence pewter jewelry has a long tradition. The word pewter is probably a variation of the word spelter, a colloquial name for the same metal.
This jewelry is also available in copper, silver and gold
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Cross of Clackmannan
This jewelry is part of the following jewelry line up:
This jewelry is part of the jewelry line up "Ancient Magic" - you can also download this line up as a printable catalogue if you want to order by fax or mail:
We were always fascinated by pieces of jewelry designed according to historical artwork and magical and other old motifs are a main area of our jewelry collection until today. Nowadays we all are surrounded by designs and motifs from all over the world which we usually choose according to visual aspects without considering the original meaning and symbolism of the various depictions. For sure the beauty of the different designs and materials is a good reason for selecting them but the affinity to a special piece of jewelry or art craft can be enhanced if one knows its deeper meaning and its origin. For this reason we always placed value on the accurate representation and information explaining the various pieces of jewelry in our collection.
Since the beginning of mankind jewelry served several different purposes. Already before the invention of money it was for example used as a kind of currency, as a status symbol or as a valuable asset that even could be passed on to future generations. Many pieces of jewelry also had a functional purpose like it is the case with fastenings for clothes, safety pins and belt buckles. However, at a more spiritual level the jewelry also had a symbolic meaning, showed the affiliation to and the status in a social group, and was worn for the protection from evil or simply to show one's own taste.
On account of these many different purposes the meaning of single pieces of jewelry can be very different and depends on the belief and the point of view of the respective manufacturer. In some cultures, e.g., bracelets were used as wedding jewelry, like the wedding rings of today, in other societies necklaces served the same purpose. The symbolic meaning of a piece of jewelry often cannot only be found in the piece itself, but also in its decorations or the used materials. In some cultures it is usual to give pieces of jewelry as a gift at certain important times in life which should emphasize the symbolic meaning of these events with the help of their decorations. These pieces were then often worn as amulets or talismans and were believed to protect and support its wearer during this new situation in life.
Not only the used symbols and decorations differ strongly between the cultures - a huge number of different materials were also used in the course of time. In the beginnings especially shells and pearls of wood and bone were used, because these natural materials were readily available and could easily be processed. Later the precious metals silver and gold became more and more important and also the use of precious stones increased. Nowadays all possible materials are used to underline the meaning of a piece of jewelry even further thereby creating pendants and other jewelry that could not be designed using traditional materials.
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- Website: Our short desription is "Online Shop for Gems, Jewelry & Minerals"
- Page: Spiritual guidance can be found with this cross from the Scottish area Clackmannan.
We always try hard to add new jewelry designs to our range of products that are skillfully made and have a special meaning, because we want to offer our customers pieces of jewelry which are something special due to their symbolism and their beauty. Furthermore we try to take into consideration all cultures and epochs, so that everybody can find his quite unique piece of jewelry at our shop.