Christianity has been around for several centuries. It is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. The cross is often regarded as a symbol of Christianism. Throughout history, Christianity has weathered several debates regarding the different theologies. But one thing has stood still and remains unchanged, the symbol of the cross. Interestingly, this symbol has found its way into jewellery as well. Jewellery forms a crucial part of how different cultures express their religious affiliation and even can be used as a social barometer. In recent times, jewellery has gone mainstream by being marketed as must-have fashion accessories.
Thousands of years ago, jewellery was viewed as a spiritual symbol that was used to express their religious belief. It was usually worn by the elite and the noble to symbolise their rank as well as power over the others around them. As time went by, there came a period when it was dangerous to display one’s religious affinity so brazenly. Even today is some corners of the world, people fear to display their religious symbols for fear of being persecuted by others in their area. The cross has and still remains the most popular symbol that stands for Christianity. If you see a tiny cross dangling from a charm bracelet or as a pendant hanging on a gold chain, one’s mind automatically jumps to Christianity. The cross actually symbolises the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion and is actually a reminder to the Christians of the sacrifice He made for them. The crucifix symbol also has the image of Christ’s body on it, whereas the cross remains empty.
According to historians, many ages ago, Christians were forced to hide their faith and were able to identify other Christians by the jewellery that depicted the cross. This was usually worn under their clothing and taken out only when they were among people of the same faith. Nowadays Christian jewellery has evolved into a market of itself with different jewellery manufacturers trying to capture the market with various kinds mesmerising jewellery that uses Christian symbols. These are usually marketed by targeting worshippers who prefer to show their faith and dedication to the world. I Love Diamonds, True Faith Jewelry, Stelios, etc., have a mesmerising collection of crosses, some even with diamonds set in gold, that are specially created for the followers of Jesus Christ.
According to www.bible.org, religious medals are also very popular among the true worshippers of the Christian faith. These medals are usually dedicated to different Saints and convey a message of spiritual blessings that will be received by the wearer. Purity rings have also taken the Christian world by storm since the late 1990s. These are worn by young Christians who promise to lead a life of celibacy till their marriage. All these different symbols of Christianity can be found in gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, sapphires and even emeralds. They give the believers a way to share their faith with the rest of the world without needing to shout from the rooftops at every given minute. These subtle symbols of Christianity are favoured by Christians all over the world today.