Greek Byzantine Cross Rectangular Pendant - Gold or Silver
This delicate Byzantine pendant is handmade in Greece in a small rectangle shape and features a cross and the Christogram ΙϹΧϹ NIKA on one side and Saint Constantine and Saint Helen on the reverse. This symbol is known for offering protection and consolation. It hangs on a beautiful spiga chain. Very pretty necklace easy to wear every day and also to layer with other necklaces.
Size of pendant: 5/8” x 7/16” or 15mm x 11mm
Total length with bale: 3/4” or 2 cm
You can choose in 24k gold vermeil or .925 sterling silver with matching chain.
necklace length: 17.5”/45cm with extension chain.
Made in Greece by Rosana
The Byzantine Period began in the fourth century AD when Emperor, St. Constantine, first christianized the Roman Empire and transferred the capital of Rome to the ancient greek city of Byzantium, renaming it Constantinople in his honor. During this period a synthesis of classical Greek, Roman, and Christian culture gave birth to unparalleled achievements in art, architecture, and jewelry. Many of these achievements can be seen in the magnificent Byzantine jewelry and Byzantine cross pendants found in archeological digs. The designs tend to be ornate with detailed workmanship. Many of the Byzantine cross pendants portray ancient symbols of Christian faith and spirituality within the cross design. The authentic Byzantine art and jewelry pieces are collector's items and can be found in many museums.
About the Christogram ICXC:
A Christogram is a combination of letters that form an abbreviation of the name of Jesus Christ. The most widely used Christogram is a four letter abbreviation ICXC NIKA of the Greek words for Jesus Christ Conquers. This symbol is known for offering protection and consolation. The reverse side features Saint Helen and Saint Konstantinos, a Christian symbol that attracts abundance and prosperity.