The History and Meaning of the Celtic Cross Necklace

Written by Linda Rafferty on 27/06/2024

About Celtic Cross

For those of Irish ancestry, or just in love with Celtic culture, there is no symbol more iconic than the Celtic Cross. Ireland is rich in culture, and Celtic crosses are scattered across the landscapes of the Emerald Isle. Celtic Crosses combine the ancient wisdom of the old Celtic ways with the most recognized and revered icon on the planet - The Christian Cross.

Celtic Cross in Ireland

The beautiful Celtic Cross is easily recognized due to the circular shape that surrounds the four arms. The shape of the cross, with its distinctive orb, represents unity, inclusion, wholeness and totality.

What is the meaning of the Celtic Cross?

For many people, a gold Celtic Cross Necklace is a symbol of Christianity, but its origins actually date back to pagan times. It is thought that the shape of the cross may have been inspired by ancient stone circles, which celebrated the sun.

For Christians in Ireland, the cross has become synonymous with Christian faith. The traditional Celtic Cross dates back to the 4th century AD. Legend has it that St Patrick first combined the image of the cross with the Pagan Sun when he first introduced Christianity to the Pagan Celts. Placing the cross on top of the circle represents Christ’s supremacy, and this symbol has been worshiped for hundreds of years.

In the mid-19th century, in Ireland, a Celtic revival led to a rebirth of the ringed cross, which is an emblem of Celtic identity. The symbol of the cross can be seen in the Book of Kells, a Celtic art manuscript, which was influential in the Celtic Revival of the 19th century. Nowadays, the Celtic Cross symbol is a very popular design in Celtic jewelry, symbolising a type of beauty that is beheld by the Irish.

Our range of Celtic Cross Necklaces and Jewelry invokes the spirit of the Emerald Isle. Traditionally worn as a necklace, brooch or pendant, the Celtic Cross isn’t just a beautiful icon. It also has great religious and cultural significance to the Irish. The cross is both a symbol of faith and a cultural touchstone. The Celtic Cross plays a large part in giving our gold jewelry its unique identity.

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