Cross of Saint Columbanus - Pendant
This cross granting fearlessness was worn by Saint Columbanus who christianized the Picts.
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Cross of Saint Columbanus
Being famous for the beauty of their craftsmanship and the skill of their magic the old Celts created many potent charms. Hence, this powerful talisman holds the key to our Celtic heir and is a vivid connection to the mysteries of our ancestors.
As a charm the Cross of Saint Columbanus shall grant its wearer courage and fearlessness and it is worn very often for that reason in western Scotland. Once this cross belonged to the fearless Saint who was a direct descendent of the Irish High King Niall and went to Scotland to christianize the resident picts. Legend has it that Saint Columbanus once met the Monster of Loch Ness which engulfed one of his companions.Thereupon the Saint talked very insistently to the monster and since then it is hiding from people.
This pendant is made of polished pewter embellished with one glass crystal. Pewter is a shiny, soft metal which is very malleable and has a good tarnish resistance - this piece of jewelry has been enhanced by polishing the pewter to give it an extra shine and was embellished with one prominent glass crystal. Artists and craftsmen used pewter quite early (dinnerware, sculptures, household articles, pewter figures, jewelry) and hence pewter jewelry has a long tradition.
This jewelry is also available in copper, silver and gold
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Cross of Saint Columbanus
This jewelry is part of the jewelry line up "Legacy of Magic".
Legacy of Magic
This jewelry is part of the jewelry line up "Legacy of Magic" - you can also download this line up as a printable catalogue if you want to order by fax or mail:
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