About this PieceOrnate hand-engraved Sterling Silver Celtic Cross. The engraving on the Celtic Cross has an oxidised finish to help the design stand out. Individually crafted in Dublin, resulting in a quality piece made with the most intricate detail to ensure it lasts for generations to come. The cross hangs from a strong belcher chain.
Hallmarked in the Irish assay office in Dublin Castle.
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Size: Height 44mm, Length 26mm, Depth 1.3mm.
Weight: 10 grams (including chain)
Chain length: 16" - 24".
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
After over a decade of experience in the jewelry manufacturing industry, Eoghan McGuinness decided it was time to branch off and start his own business, and thus Arnua was born in County Dublin. He distinguished himself by refusing to mass-produce his products, instead handcrafting each piece individually, giving every one the attention and quality of detail it requires. Arnua therefore maintains exceedingly high standard for its products, while McGuinness works with clients to create unique and meaningful custom pieces.
While initially he created custom wedding and engagement rings, McGuinness was also fascinated by ancient Celtic art and the Irish landscape, and so created collections inspired by the Book of Kells, the Claddagh, Ogham writing, and much more.