Celtic crosses are also known as circle crosses due to the circular form at their center. No one really knows the origins of this style of cross, but its use dates to the Early Middle Ages. It may have been purely structural, the ring holds up the arms of the cross to keep them more sturdy, or it may have found its origins in the Ankh, an Egyptian form that pre-dates Christ by Millenia and was also the Egyptian word for ‘Life’. Either way, it’s a very lovely and eye-catching form that soothes the soul in a way and has now becoming synonymous with Ireland, Scotland and Britain.
I was particularly delighted to find this wonderful Scottish cross, it’s done in gold, which is rare with Scottish jewelry. Set with agates from Bloodstone to Carneilian, this cross is also detailed with beautiful engraving. The pendant measures 66.4 mm north to south and 27.4 mm across, it’s 5.1 mm deep and weighs 8.9 grams. This fantastic cross was hand crafted in England in about 1890, at the height of Victorian jewelry, it is unmarked but has been acid tested as 9 karat gold.
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