About this Piece
Irish double-sided gold Celtic cross made in Fadó's Wicklow workshop. St Patrick's Church is one of the oldest public buildings in Chicago and was one of the few to survive the Great Fire. This piece of jewelry is a tribute to the resilience of the building and of the proud people who attend there.
The pattern appears on Front and Back of the Cross.
Size: 25mm x 25mm.
Hallmarked in the Dublin Castle Assay Office
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
The word fadó means "long ago" in Gaelic - it is one of the most evocative words in the language as many children's stories so often start with the words "Fadó fadó in Éireann..." or "Long, long ago in Ireland..."
Fadó specializes in Celtic and contemporary Irish jewelry, drawing on the rich tradition of the island's Celtic heritage and the beautiful Irish landscape, flora and fauna for inspiration. The pieces are all designed by John Condron, who has a deep love of local history and tradition - he is committed to preserving the stories and legends and provides tangible memories by way of his jewelry creations. Every piece is made in County Wicklow to his exacting specifications - nothing is allowed out the workshop door unless it is perfect in every way!
Fadó Jewelry is hallmarked at Dublin Assay Office, Dublin Castle, Ireland - a guarantee of the fineness of the product.