Every spring, Christian families gather to celebrate Easter, the most profound holiday of the religion. It’s a time of remembrance, thankfulness, church service, family gatherings, and dressing in our “Easter Best.” This year, forget the chocolates and fleeting candy. Start a new tradition with the gift of an heirloom-quality sterling silver cross necklace to someone you love. What better way to remind them of the real reason for the holiday?
Today, the team at Roper’s Jewelers is here to explore a few different cross pendants with you. As always, feel free to contact us online or visit one of our Auburn, CA jewelry stores for a personalized shopping experience. We’d love to show you our finest cross jewelry in person.
We’ll begin with a look at the meaning of cross pendants. Then, we’ll explore some elegant choices in cross jewelry.
The History and Meaning of the Cross Necklace
The cross — sometimes called the crucifix — has been used in jewelry since the 2nd Century AD. That’s when the Christian philosopher and theologian Tertullian stated that Christians, being devotees of the cross, should display a visible example of their faith to the world. While it’s not a requirement for Christians, wearing a cross still symbolizes one’s faith.
The first crosses were crafted of wood or ivory and worn on a leather cord. As the religion spread, more affluent Christians began to wear crosses made of precious metals. Now, people wear them as a symbol of:
- A celebration of personal faith
- Reminder against ill-will or temptation
- A celebration of new beginnings
- Religious piety
Today, a cross pendant is often the first piece of jewelry a Christians receives, as they’re presented as gifts at one’s Baptism or Christening. Catholics receive cross pendants upon their Confirmation into the faith around the age of twelve. There are dozens of other occasions when a gift of cross jewelry is appropriate and cherished throughout one’s life.
Cross pendants make great gifts for:
- Christenings and baptisms
- Celebration of a first job
- And Christian “push presents,” a newer tradition, when a jewelry gift is given to a new mother after giving birth.
Any time you’d like to make an affirmation of your faith or encourage someone through a tough time in their life, you can give a beautiful cross pendant to someone you care about. There is no greater reason than love.
Choosing the Right Sterling Silver Cross Necklace
While every cross necklace bears a spiritual meaning, a Roper’s Jewelers’ heirloom-quality sterling silver cross necklace will be the finest example of craftsmanship and quality. Here are some tips to help you start:
- Choose a more petite but sturdy, sterling cross pendant on a durable box chain for a young follower
- A more elegant sterling silver cross with a diamond is appropriate for a young lady
- Teens, in particular, enjoy a fresh take on the cross and would love a sterling cross bracelet with a diamond enhancement
Of course, we have plenty of options in 10k and 14k gold, too. These are ideal for the more discerning lady who only wears the finest gold jewelry. Are you still struggling to find the perfect gold or sterling silver cross necklace? Chat with us online or visit us in-store!
Roper’s Jewelers in Auburn, CA: We’re Proud to be Your Family Jeweler
Since 1956, Roper’s Jewelers has been proud to offer the finest jewelry to the families we serve. For more than six decades, we’ve provided outstanding customer service to individuals of every faith.
Our family-owned jewelry stores in Auburn, CA, specialize in fine gold and silver jewelry, high-end estate jewelry, custom designs, and jewelry repair.
Above all else, our signature is our customer service. As a dedicated part of the Auburn community, we always strive to support our town and neighbors. Spend some time perusing our website for Christian jewelry, or visit us today to discover the sterling silver cross necklace she’ll cherish for a lifetime.