A crux gemmata (Latin for : jewelled cross) is a form of cross typical of Early Christian and Early Medieval art. Versions are found as early as the third century in mosaics. The jewelled cross was common from Late Antiquity, both as a decoration in churches and also among wealthy Christians. The cross, or at least its front side, is principally decorated with rich jewels – rubies, emeralds, sapphires, diamonds ... The number of jewels was initially not important but in later times, it has become customary for the cross to have thirteen stones, representing Christ and the 12 apostles.
Embellished sparkling Swarovski crystals and True Two firepolished beads are the jewels of the Crux Gemmata. Intricately woven and assembled with cubic and prismatic right angle weave, the Crux Gemmata is suspended from an uber long rope of luxurious Swarovski crystal pearls. The same crystal pearls are used as decorative pendilia or hanging ornaments from the arms of the cross complete the bejewelled cross.
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