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Religious Jewelry: Wear a Cross to Express Your Faith

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Trinity Symbol

Religious jewelry is one of the most ancient means of expressing faith and beliefs. For millennia people have worn jewelry with a religious message in order to express their faith. Among Christians, the universal symbol of faith is the cross.

The cross was not always the most recognized symbol of Christian faith. At one time, the fish, or Icthys, was perhaps the most popular. Particularly during early years of persecution, Christians were wary about making themselves known. Christian history tells us that early believers would draw the symbol of a fish on buildings where Christian meetings were to take place to keep them hidden or to secretly mark the location of a believer’s tomb.

It is said that Christians would draw one half of the Icthys in the dirt when meeting a stranger on the road. If the other person drew the other half of the fish, then it was safe to reveal one’s faith in Christ. Doves and other symbols were also associated with the early Christians.

The cross likely became a universal symbol of Christianity under the rule of Emperor Constantine. Some say it originated as an abbreviation since the Greek letter which begins the word cross, looks like a cross. Another Greek letter, shaped like an X, was a common abbreviation for the word Christ. Unde Constantine, crucifixion was done away with as a legal punishment and the converted ruler placed a cross (or an X) on the shields of his soldiers as a symbol of his allegiance to Christ.

The most ancient cross is the Greek cross. This cross is recognized by the equal length of every arm. The Celtic cross is another ancient cross. It is highly ornate and boasts a circle or sunburst around the upper portion. A Budded Cross has clover-like tips to each of the cross’ arms. The three leaf clovers represent the Trinity. But one of the most popular of all crosses is the Latin cross.

Today, crosses as religious jewelry are worn by men and women alike and are immediately recognized as symbols of the Christian faith. They are made from metal, wood or just about any other hard substance and are worn on necklaces, bracelets, as earrings and on key chains or pocket prayer medals.

It is amazing to think that there are still places in the world, where wearing a cross and identifying yourself as a Christian can bring hardship and persecution. We who are free to express our love for Christ and faith in Him can do so in any number of ways. Wearing religious jewelry is one of the easiest. Check out all the many kinds of crosses available at The Printery House.

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Religious Gifts for Women

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Tree of Life Wall Cross

What do women want when it comes to religious gifts? Many are looking for something that’s unique, personal and also helps them share their faith.

Religious gifts for women can be interesting, memorable and fun. A book of devotions may sit on a shelf, and she may love the bible she’s already using and the notes she’s written herself in it, so it may be time to think outside the box. Instead, think of a decorative and inspiring wall plaque.

Maybe a candle set with a hint of scripture … or even a set of homemade soaps that smell terrific. All of these are options to help a woman celebrate a birthday, religious service anniversary, a wedding shower or as a “just because” gift that lets her know you value her faith and the way she lives it.

Another great idea for religious gifts for women is a wall cross or decorative cross, which have quickly come back into trends all across Christian and Catholic gift stores. New designs include the “Tree of Life” Wall Cross, the Dove of Peace Wall Cross or crosses with a new look of the ancient Celtic cross image. Each of these looks amazing in a home or office and convey in an artistic way that she’s a woman of faith.

If she likes to garden, consider a wall plaque that can be placed indoors or outdoors. Messages with inspiring words have become incredibly popular in flower beds along sidewalks, decks or gardens. This is something she can share and talk about when friends and family visit.

Is she a woman of faith who likes to send notes and letters? Stationary and note cards make great religious gifts for women. Simple designs with a cross or message of faith can suit so many occasions, and she will love having a great set of quality note cards and stationary handy.

Christmas in July: Everyone loves the Christmas and Advent season, so surprise her with a gift she’ll be thrilled to set out at the holidays. Candles and candle holders make a great choice. This is especially fun to give as a wedding shower gift for the couple to enjoy during the first Christmas together.

Who doesn’t love jewelry? A little bit of bling inspired with a faith message is an ideal gift. Try a three-piece bracelet set with a cross charm or a new take on a cross necklace. She’ll think of you each time she wears it.

One additional idea – try giving her a magazine subscription, such as Today’s Christian Woman or others that are inspiring to read and will be something she can look forward to getting. This can be a great complement and a surprise to accompany a candle or wall plaque.

Find great religious gifts for women at The Printery House, now in its 60th year of creating beautiful greeting cards and offering unique gifts to share your faith. Many cards are made with the help of monks who live at the adjoining Conception Abbey, so you’re sending more than just a card with your gift.

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Catholic Religious Jewelry: Beautiful and Encouraging

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The Father and Son Cross

Jewelry is an easy way to add a special touch to an outfit, but it is also a way to express a little bit of who you are. Whether you choose chunky jewelry or delicate and understated pieces, jewelry reflects something about the wearer. Catholic religious jewelry can also be a reminder to yourself and others that you are a person of faith.

Wearing a piece of jewelry connected to your faith can be a constant reminder that you are more than just another person walking through life. You are a child of the Most High God. Like a signet ring on a king, a piece of Catholic religious jewelry can help you remember that you belong to the One who has all authority. On some days it can be hard to remember that you are not walking through life on your own. How welcome on those days is a small piece of jewelry that helps you keep life’s challenges in proper perspective!

But faith-related jewelry isn’t a reminder to you alone. You may put on a necklace, tie pin or bracelet and then forget you are wearing it. Not so for all the people you encounter through the day. They will notice your chosen article and make note that you are a person with faith in God and love for the Son. They may even comment or ask you about it. What a great opportunity then to tell someone else about the triune
God whom you serve! All because you chose to put on a piece of jewelry that has meaning.

Women often choose to wear cross necklaces and bracelets. Thankfully, there are as many styles of cross jewelry as there are personalities. There are simple stainless crosses on silver chains.  There are ornate crosses. Crosses can be large or small. Sometimes they are elegant and set pendant-style on a bright-colored background. There is a cross necklace to match every fashion taste.

Women aren’t the only ones who need encouragement in their faith through the day, there are masculine cross necklaces for men too. The Father and Son cross necklace is one example of this. This silver-toned necklace has a cut out cross superimposed upon an outer cross representing Jesus and the Father together in the work of Calvary. The Shield of Faith is another example of a masculine piece of Catholic religious jewelry. This silver necklace boasts a small shield pendant with a cross on one side and the
words of Joshua 1:9 on the back “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged; for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Catholic religious jewelry makes an ideal gift for any occasion or no occasion at all. Necklaces, bracelets and tie pins with symbols of Christian faith are great for birthdays, Christmas, Easter, anniversaries, or graduations. But they are also good to give ‘just because’. Why not send one to a college student to let them know you are thinking of them and praying for them as they are trying out their faith on their own for the first
time? A friend who lives far away might be blessed to receive a gift that speaks about the faith you share.

Catholic religious jewelry can be purchased at Christian bookstores and gift shops as well as online at vendors such as The Printery House. You don’t need a reason. Life gives us a million reasons to surround ourselves with what is beautiful and encouraging.

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