July 7, 2011

Crosses & Crucifixes: Decoded meanings

Posted in crosses, gift ideas, Gifts, jeweler, jewelry, jewelry design, rose diamonds tagged , , , , at 9:13 pm by rosediamonds

I have had some clients shopping for crosses & crucifixes lately.  Summer is host to many a church camp & revival, and clients are happy to support their children’s newfound interest in religion.  The predominant religion in SW MO is Christian, but rest assured, I will post a Judaica decoder as well.

 

When shopping, people are many times overwhelmed with the vast number of options in crosses.  While most protestants choose regular crosses, many Catholics prefer crucifixes, which depict Jesus on the cross.  The following is an attempt to decode some of the most common cross & crucifix options out there.  Beyond shape, size, metal type, and size, there are also gemstone options that can be added to suit your individual taste.

 

We are aware there are more options for crosses than those listed.  Hope this helps you decode the meaning behind your many options!

Name Meaning Pic
Ankh (Egyptian) Cross Taken from the Egyptian hieroglyphics meaning “life”  
Budded Cross Represents the Holy Trinity with a trefoil at each end of the cross  
Cara Vaca Cross During the Moor occupation of 1231 in Cara Vaca, Spain, the Pectoral cross of the patriarch of Jerusalem appeared through a window, enabling an imprisoned priest to say mass for curious and angry captives  
Celtic & Iona Cross Originating in Ireland & taken to the Island of Iona by St. Columbia.  The circle around this cross symbolizes eternal life  
Claddagh Cross The heart is for love, the crown for loyalty, and the hands for friendship  
Corpus (Crucified Christ) Refers to the body of Christ (Crucified Christ)  
Crucifix Crosses with a representation of the body of Christ  
Eastern Orthodox Cross The top bar represents the inscription posted by Pilate, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews,” and the slanted lower bar represents the footrest of Christ.  The Eastern Orthodox cross is also known as a Greek Orthodoxx, Russian Orthodox, Byzantine, & St. Olga cross.  
Fleur De Lis Cross Symbolizes the Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven.  A royal symbol of France  
Greek Cross One of the oldest forms of cross.  Used by early Christians to disguise the cross when Christianity was illegal  
INRI Stands for Jesus Nazarenus Rex ludaeorem, meaning “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”  
Jerusalem Cross Consists of tau crosses which represent the Old Testament and four small Greek crosses which represent the fulfillment of the law in the gospels.  Also known as the Crusader’s cross  
Latin Cross One of the oldest forms of cross, it is also the form of the true cross  
Mariner Cross Reminds us that Christ is our anchor, our hope  
Maltese Cross The eight outer points of this cross are symbolic of regeneration. They are sometimes said to represent the eight beatitudes. The cross was the emblem of the Knights of St. John, who were driven from Rhodes to the island of Malta by the Turks. Malta is the island where St. Paul was shipwrecked.  
Methodist Cross Official symbol of the United Methodist Church.  The flame of the Holy Spirit sweeps the side of the cross  
Passion Cross The points at the ends represent the suffering of Christ at His crucifixion  
St. Andrew Cross According to tradition, St. Andrew felt unworthy to be crucified like Christ so he asked that his cross be different  
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3 Comments »

  1. stefanie said,

    Would you happen to know what a cross with a single rose signifies?
    Thanks!

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