Crux Gemmata

Crux Gemmata
  • DESCRIPTION

    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.

  • Dimensions

    Necklace Closed Circumference : 94 cm (37”)
    Cross Dimensions : 7.5 cm x 13 cm (3" x 5.25")

  • Technique

    Right Angle Weave
    Cubic Right Angle Weave
    Prismatic Right Angle Weave
    Stringing

  • Difficulty

    Advanced

  • MATERIALS

    Japanese Seed Beads
    Swarovski Crystals
    Swarovski Crystal Pearl
    Czech Firepolished
    Metal Spacer Beads
    Decorative HeadpinsCrimploks or CrimpsStringing Wire
    Jump Rings