This is top quality olive wood pendant / necklace with a Jerusalem Cross design. It is made out of 5 crosses and has Stars of Bethlehem carved onto each corner. It makes a perfect gift. It comes on a black cord that can be tied to whatever length you want.
Dimensions: 5.5 cm x 4 cm / 2" x 1.5" approx.
What is a Jerusalem Cross
The Jerusalem cross is also known as Crusaders' cross, and it is a heraldic cross or Christian symbol that consists of a large Greek cross surrounded by four smaller Greek crosses, one in each corner.
The simpler form of the cross is known as the "Crusaders' Cross", because it was on the papal banner given to the Crusaders by Pope Urban II for the First Crusade, and became a symbol of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.
It was first worn by Godfrey of Bouillon, the first leader of the Kingdom. The four smaller crosses are said to symbolize either the four books of the Gospel or the four directions in which the Word of Christ spread from Jerusalem. Alternatively, all five crosses can symbolize the five wounds of Christ during the Passion, the Pentateuch and, presumably, the first five Christian Churches.
Its origin may come from Phoenicia, in the shape of a white, sometimes green, eight-pointed cross, known as Maltese Cross, each point representing a Beatitude, as the Venerable Order of St John teaches. The Jerusalem Cross is also used in the flag of Georgia.