Hi everyone. I hope I find you all well this week as I continue my series on some of Ireland’s most iconic symbols. This week, I’m turning my attention to The Celtic cross, one of our most popular Irish jewelry designs at The Irish Store.
History and Meaning of The Celtic Cross
Its origins go back to the early Christian period in Ireland, around the 5th century AD. During this time, Christianity was introduced to Ireland by St. Patrick which led to the country becoming a center of Christian scholarship and missionary work.
The design features a simple cross with a circle around the intersection of the arms. The circle is said to represent the sun, an important symbol in the pagan religion of Ireland. The cross itself is believed to represent the tree of life, also a significant symbol in the pagan tradition. Over time, the Celtic cross became a prominent symbol of the Irish Christian tradition while remaining an important part of Irish culture.
So there are many different meanings and interpretations, depending on who you ask. Some people see it as a symbol of Christianity. Others see it as a symbol of Ireland’s unique blend of Christianity and pagan traditions while others see it as an iconic symbol of Irish identity.
Celtic Crosses in Ireland
Today, many examples of ancient Celtic crosses are to be found around Ireland. Some of the most famous include the high crosses at Clonmacnoise, Monasterboice, and Kells. Many of them feature intricate carvings and inscriptions. They provide a fascinating glimpse into Ireland’s rich cultural history.
Our Top Celtic Cross Pendants
1. Marcasite & Connemara Marble Celtic Cross
First up we have our bestselling 5 star customer favorite! The arms feature 900 million year old Connemara Marble, Ireland’s ancient gemstone. Beautifully finished with a single marcasite stone at the center.
2. Mens Celtic Cross Pendant
So next up we have one for the guys and it’s a real winner. Beautifully handcrafted in Ireland and also featuring stunning Celtic knotwork on each of the arms of the cross. Sterling silver. Hallmarked at Dublin Castle.
3. Diamond & Emerald Celtic Cross Pendant
So next up we have a truly stunning Irish necklace. It features exquisite sterling silver Celtic knot work on the arms of the cross while the diamond encrusted disc and a sparkling emerald at the center really set it apart. From the renowned craftspeople at Tara’s Diary.
4. Sterling Silver & Connemara Marble Pendant
My final pick features an eye-catching polished bead of Connemara Marble at the center of this beautifully crafted Celtic cross pendant. It’s also exclusive to The Irish Store so you won’t find it anywhere else!
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Take care of yourselves and each other,
Slán go fóill!