Traditional Byzantine Style Lobed Cross, the top representation is St Michael the Archangel and the bottom is the Archangel Gabriel. The center portion is a traditional representation of the crucifixion. To Christ's right is the Virgin Mary His Mother whose right hand is pointing to Christ (in Greek this is known as the Hedgitera) as the Way. St John the Baptist the Forerunner of Christ is to His left. On the back: a representation of St Nicholas, the 4th Century bishop of Myra and patron Saint of Russia. This holy bishop is the patron of children, sailors, travelers, jewelers and pawn brokers. There is a Russian folk saying that when God becomes old and tired and he does not want to rule the world he will turn the ruling of the world to St Nicholas. Russians have great devotion of their Holy Father Nicholas. Right and Left lobes - SS Peter and Paul. St Peter was the first of the Apostles and the bishop of Rome. St Paul originally persecuted Christians later becoming one of the prime exponents of the church. Lower lobe - a Guardian Angel one's protector and guide in life.
Silver gilding. The size: 1 3/8"x 7/8" Weight 7,0 grams
I wear this cross every day, but it is so beautiful it could easily be worn for more formal occasions as well. Came exactly as described, and is beautiful. One thing to note- the cross is silver, not black (which I believe is just used to show the images with better contrast). It is a gorgeous piece, and very well-made so I expect it will last me a long time.
Awe inspiring work of art!
Friendly Aussie(Victoria, Australia, April 12, 2012)
I am thrilled and delighted at my recent purchase of the Traditional Byzantine Crucifix pendant. I wanted something a little different from the norm to wear as a sign of my faith and friendship with God. It is outstanding and very beautiful and shining in appearance with the imagery of the Arch Angels, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints adding to it's powerful symbolism of the Tradition of faith. I wear it with pride! Best Uses: Every day any occassion; Cons: none; Pros: Excellent quality, EYECATCHING, inspirational, Outstanding, Statement of faith