Custom Cross

This is a "one off" soldering using my Medium size celtic high cross as a base for a plain wheel cross overlay.

Celtic High Cross Pendant, medium. Sterling Silver. 1 1/4" tall X 5/8" wide.

This version of the Celtic High Cross is an original adaptation of the famous high crosses of Ireland, Iona, Scotland, Wales and beyond. I tried to capture the essential structure, stature and strength of these epic stone crosses, but in a style and fomat that translates to good wearable jewelry design.

Often the "wheel" portion of these crosses is carved on a separate stone which is lifted up upon the top of the "staff" of the cross pillar during the construction of the 11 to 12 foot high crosses in stone. Spiral type images are also a fairly common design motif which is in honor of the "doorway to the spiritworld", located in the symbolic intersection of the "heavenly" vertical, and "Earthly" horizontal axis.

Not included in this design, by way of information, is the base stone supporting the weight and balance of the stone crosses. There are also many examples of a variation of this type of cross, with a "capstone" on top. In my design, I wanted to capture the essential elements without adding a lot of weight and size to the design as an easy to wear jewelry piece. Not available yet onliine are the many variations of these patterns that I have customized with addition of soldered symbols, stones etc, which can be found at my festivals and events. The exception is the "High Cross with Trinity"(larger than this size) which is an example of this kind of customization, available in the cross section of the site.

The Wheel element described below:

The wheeled cross is an expression of the cross image a result of several levels of belief throughout Celtic history.  There are many examples of crosses in the manuscripts of Celtic Christianity with this type of "Equal Arm Cross" layout.  The crosses of this nature are directly related to Christianity, there is also an undertone of connection to ancient Celtic belief systems the concept of the cycles of the year through the solar wheel.  All things in this cylic concept are cirular in nature due to the endless circle of life, death, and rebirth.

Thanks for your interest in my original high cross designs!

Custom Cross

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