Simple Connemara Marble Celtic Cross
Celtic Crosses are a traditional cross with a circle behind it to represent the Sun, which was an important part of Celtic culture. This Connemara Marble Celtic Cross is manufactured in Dublin by Solvar.
While Connemara Marble is from the Pre-Cambrian era and is over 600 million years old. It is found only in a remote area in the West of Ireland. It is a metamorphic rock formed when limestone was heated under pressure, producing a hard granular rock. Its unique green color symbolizes Ireland. It is said to bring serenity to those who keep it close.
Throughout Ireland and Scotland, the Celts crafted these magnificent symbols in stone. Celtic Crosses predate Christianity and were first used by pagans to worship the sun. In pagan times the circle of the Celtic Cross represented the Sun, being the center of their lives. It was not until the 4th Century AD when it was introduced by the first Christian Roman Emperor Constantine, that the Celtic Cross was used to represent Christians victory. During the great conversion of many pagans to Christianity, Christian philosophers adapted the Celtic Cross, and taught the meaning of the circle to represent Christ, the center of Christianity.
This cross arrives to you boxed on an 18" sterling silver chain. This piece is approximately .5" wide and 1" tall.