About this Piece
This intricate Celtic cross pendant is available in 9k yellow gold (as pictured), 9k white gold, and 9k rose gold. The cast is solid gold, so the color will not tarnish or fade over time. As each piece is made to order, please allow 3-4 weeks before the item will be shipped.
History of the Celtic Cross
The Celtic Cross first appeared in Ireland and Britain during the early middle ages, when missionaries were busy planting the roots of Christianity among Celtic populations. The style represents a unity of Christian and Celtic motifs - after all, early missionaries are largely responsible for recording and thus preserving many Celtic customs and artwork. This hybrid art form is known as insular art (from 'insula', the Latin for 'island').
The cross typically features a nimbus - a ring around the intersection - which also provides support. Its true origin is unknown, though some historians have suggested it may have originally represented the Roman sun god Invictus.
The most famous surviving versions of these crosses are found in the monumental stone 'high crosses' erected from the 9th-12th centuries, which also depicted stylized Biblical scenes. Though insular art would later be overtaken by Romanesque art, it earned a comeback with the 'Celtic Revival' of the 19th Century, during a time when Ireland was rediscovering its heritage.
About the Maker
For over 40 years, Denis Murphy has honed his skills to become a master jewelry craftsman, running the gamut from personal handcrafting techniques to advanced laser technology which now allows more intricate detail never before possible.
He began his apprenticeship in 1972 and later set up 'Murphy Brothers Jewellers' in Santry, Co. Dublin. Eventually this paved the way to establishing Abana Jewellers in 2005 where he decided to focus primarily on wedding and engagement rings, creating artful personalized that none can compare with.