Celtic Sterling Silver Cross HY 0490
IRISH: Cheilteach MANX: Crone Chellteach SCOTTISH: Crois Cheilteach WELSH: Croes Chellteach
This lovely Silver Celtic Cross is designed by the team at Hamilton & Young Jewelers and Designers on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Lovingly crafted in the finest British 925 Sterling Silver; 92.5% pure Silver and 7.5% pure Copper for strength and Palladium to enhance the natural beauty of fine British sterling silver. Comes with a 16″ sterling silver chain and will be sent in a very nice blue and gold jewelers presentation box. Approximate size: .45″ x 1.30″
Before converting to Christianity during the 5th Century, the Ancient Celts were followers of the Druid religion. When they became Christians they blended the two religions into one rather than leaving one for the other. Legends tell the story of St. Patrick who, when preaching to the soon-to-be converts, was shown a Sacred Standing Stone that was marked with a Circle (symbol of the Moon Goddess (CERIDWEN). St Patrick made the mark of a Latin Cross through the Circle and blessed the Stone, making it the first Celtic Cross. This implies that St. Patrick was willing to accept the ideas and practices that were formerly of the Druid religion in order to complete the conversion from Paganism to Christianity.
The Sacred Circle has, for centuries, represented the moon and combined with the Latin Cross, the Celtic Cross becomes the union of celestial and earthly forces and energy. The ancient Celts believed in the existence of two worlds, the Spiritual World and the Natural World and that the boundary between the two is fluid which allows people to pass from one to the other with ease. Their Cross brings together both worlds, combining the energy of both, making their religion more powerful that the Circle or the Latin Cross on their own. Notice how the Cross in the pendant includes both the Trinity Knot of the Christian faith and the traditional “over” and “under” interlacing knotwork of the ancient Celts.