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    I'm hoping to find a new cross necklace, maybe something in a nice medieval style. Basically something really nerdy but still expresses my faith. You guys have any good insights?
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    Well, silver seems like a traditional metal for such things. Perhaps with a piece of... hmm. Quartz? An opaque white [something] in the center might look nice with a light metal, and white quartz is cheap/free, so easy to obtain and doesn't carry a big risk if you mess up placing/shaping it.
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    I have some ideas on how to track down representations of St. Cuthbert's holy symbol. But, those rely on an assumption an online shop is more convenient than what is in your area. As you might be dealing with something people pay significantly more attention to on a daily basis, there could be a specialty store around you. Have you looked at local stores and found them wanting?

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    Medieval has many faces. There's the period dominated by Byzantine models, with development by the peoples of the north-west. Then you have the Gothic and Romanesque, and special crosses designed to show membership to a certain group, like Maltese crosses and those of other chivalric and monastic orders.

    Byzantine: 6th century original (not for sale): https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/464033 Another original (I really like this one) https://www.monnaiedeparis.fr/sites/...?itok=rLGfBPIn
    One model sold by the British Museum: http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.o...nvt/cmcn501190
    One sold by the State Museum of Berlin: https://www.smb-webshop.de/en/subjec...cross?c=101024

    Some Norseman necklace displayed in Copenhagen Museum: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/bc/92/f2/b...nal-museum.jpg
    One from Norway (900 AD) https://i.pinimg.com/564x/08/6d/3c/0...25637dfb66.jpg
    A cross working as a small reliquary: https://it.pinterest.com/pin/363102788698767768/

    Anglo-Saxon cross (600 AD): https://i.pinimg.com/736x/ed/d6/b8/e...nt-jewelry.jpg

    A Merovingian cross at the Louvre: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/66/62/11/6...-louvre-pr.jpg

    And then you have five more centuries, usually with even better looking stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinyadan View Post
    Medieval has many faces. There's the period dominated by Byzantine models, with development by the peoples of the north-west. Then you have the Gothic and Romanesque, and special crosses designed to show membership to a certain group, like Maltese crosses and those of other chivalric and monastic orders.

    Byzantine: 6th century original (not for sale): https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/464033 Another original (I really like this one) https://www.monnaiedeparis.fr/sites/...?itok=rLGfBPIn
    One model sold by the British Museum: http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.o...nvt/cmcn501190
    One sold by the State Museum of Berlin: https://www.smb-webshop.de/en/subjec...cross?c=101024

    Some Norseman necklace displayed in Copenhagen Museum: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/bc/92/f2/b...nal-museum.jpg
    One from Norway (900 AD) https://i.pinimg.com/564x/08/6d/3c/0...25637dfb66.jpg
    A cross working as a small reliquary: https://it.pinterest.com/pin/363102788698767768/

    Anglo-Saxon cross (600 AD): https://i.pinimg.com/736x/ed/d6/b8/e...nt-jewelry.jpg

    A Merovingian cross at the Louvre: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/66/62/11/6...-louvre-pr.jpg

    And then you have five more centuries, usually with even better looking stuff.
    Honestly those are all super cool
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    Default Re: Looking for a new cross

    I am always a fan of Celtic Crosses (here's an example image). However, for an article of faith, I would recommend a crucifix over a square cross, as the square cross has associations with the Sunwheel from Pagan roots, while the crucifix is a Christian article of faith.

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    Depending on where you are, a Celtic Cross can also be a Neo-Nazi symbol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinyadan View Post
    Depending on where you are, a Celtic Cross can also be a Neo-Nazi symbol.
    That too. Which really freaking sucks because I really like the Square Cross/Sunwheel design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinyadan View Post
    Depending on where you are, a Celtic Cross can also be a Neo-Nazi symbol.
    Oh crap it is? ):
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheManicMonocle View Post
    Oh crap it is? ):
    The square cross in a circle (sunwheel) shares the same origin as a swastika.

    The crucifix equivalent from Ireland have no such connotations that I am aware of.
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    Oh ok, well I ended up getting a crucifix celtic style, and honestly neo nazis be buggered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheManicMonocle View Post
    Oh ok, well I ended up getting a crucifix celtic style, and honestly neo nazis be buggered.
    Good for you. Before neo-nazis supposedly adopted it, it stood for something far greater. I salute you for helping to take back our cultural symbolism from those filth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheManicMonocle View Post
    Oh ok, well I ended up getting a crucifix celtic style, and honestly neo nazis be buggered.
    Are you maintaining the distinction between (1) cross, the bare device, and (2) crucifix, the cross with the body attached?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidSh View Post
    Are you maintaining the distinction between (1) cross, the bare device, and (2) crucifix, the cross with the body attached?
    Yeah, I mean to say I got the one with the bottom side longer, which I think somone pointed out is not associated with nazis? But bugger those guys anyway.
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