Arran Cross - Pendant
Faith, courage and bravery are enhanced by this Celtic cross originating from Arran.
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The Celtic craftsmen were 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 - hence, the uniqueness and the skillfull design of these symbolic pendants is unsurpassed until today: Already in 500 A.D. the Irish islands of Arran were christianized by St. Enda. At that time an affiliation between the Celtic and the Christian art and culture took place and wonderful motives were produced, just like this cross. This pendant symbolizes faith and courage and is said to offer bravery to its wearer.
This pendant is made of pewter. 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. Pewter is a shiny, soft metal which is very malleable and has a good tarnish resistance.
This jewelry is also available in copper, silver and gold
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This jewelry belongs to the jewelry line up "Mysticism of the Celts and Vikings".
Mysticism of the Celts and Vikings
This jewelry is part of the jewelry line up "Mysticism of the Celts and Vikings" - 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.
Jewelry always had various functions which changed during the course of time: Because of the precious materials that were often used for its design it often was a valuable asset and sometime was even used as a currency. But especially in ancient cultures the spiritual meaning of a piece of jewelry was always important and the different motifs were symbols for the affiliation of its wearer to and his status in a social group. Furthermore jewelry can also serve a practical purpose like this is the case with safety pins, belt buckles and brooches.
Since jewelry is such a diverse cultural asset the meaning of a given piece can depend on the point of view and beliefs of its creator. For example many cultures developed pieces of jewelry showing to others whether its wearer is married or single: In our Western world these are the wedding rings while in African countries e.g. special bracelets or necklaces are worn for this purpose. Whether we are talking about weddings jewelry or talismans and amulets that were used for protection - often the decorations and materials determine the symbolic meaning of a piece of jewelry.
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 "Webshop for Jewelry, Minerals & Gems"
- Page: This cross originating from the Irish Isle of Arran symbolizes courage and faith.
We feel committed to the historical development of jewelry and are especially interested in the meaning of old symbols and pieces of jewelry - therefore we try to constantly extend our range of jewelry with pieces that are unique in their beauty and meaning. Naturally we select fascinating designs from all cultures and epochs, so that everybody can find the piece of jewelry that appeals to him.