Cross Necklaces & Pendants

Crosses have been featured decorative elements since humankind’s earliest days. Our ancient predecessors often incorporated cross-like motifs in their adornment as a means of talismanic protection against various ills. As our cultures progressed, novel interpretations of the cross began to appear around the globe.

By the age of ancient Egypt, for example, the symbol had evolved into the “ankh,” a cross with a looped upper stem that was known as the symbol for life itself. The Celtic cultures of the 5th century innovated further, developing what is known as the “Celtic cross,” characterized by a cross whose flared arms intersect within a circle.

Continued popularity of the cross was guaranteed with its symbolic connections with Christianity. From small objects of adornment on worshippers to the more elaborate pectoral crosses worn across the chest of ecclesiastical figures, the cross is secured today as an eternal symbol.


Quick Facts

  • During the medieval age of European pilgrimage, those undertaking the journey would bedeck their bags or cloaks with the symbol of the cross to identify themselves as pilgrims as they entered new communities
  • Jewelry designer Kathy Rose took cross necklaces into modern popularity with her 2007 sideways cross design. Sold at first exclusively in Roseark boutiques in California, Rose’s sideways cross pieces materialized across the celebrity scene
  • The current Pope Francis re-popularized the pectoral cross, making it a central part of uniform during his official papal visits

Recommended Items at Auction

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Z: Handmade Multi Stone Cross Pendant
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
Z: Handmade Multi Stone Cross Pendant
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $36- $108
$104 Bids
A: Handmade Turquoise Cross Pendant
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
A: Handmade Turquoise Cross Pendant
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $21- $65
$62 Bids
A: Handmade turquoise cross pendant
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
A: Handmade turquoise cross pendant
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $33- $99
$72 Bids
STERLING SILVER NECKLACE WITH CROSS LOT 329
Oct 17, 5:00 PM EDT
STERLING SILVER NECKLACE WITH CROSS LOT 329
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$142 Bids
Sterling Silver Cross Necklace LOT 329
Oct 17, 5:00 PM EDT
Sterling Silver Cross Necklace LOT 329
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$222 Bids
Ethiopia, an order of the Holy Trinity, Grand Cross breast star end pendant
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
Ethiopia, an order of the Holy Trinity, Grand Cross breast star end pendant
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €400- €500
€2401 Bid
A: Handmade turquoise cross pendant
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
A: Handmade turquoise cross pendant
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $55- $165
$51 Bid
A: Handmade Amethyst Cross Pendant
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
A: Handmade Amethyst Cross Pendant
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $130- $390
$51 Bid
LAPIDARY JEWELRY OLD STOCK GEM SEE PHOTO
Oct 22, 1:00 PM CDT
LAPIDARY JEWELRY OLD STOCK GEM SEE PHOTO
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
BLUE TOPAZ STERLING SILVER CROSS PENDANT
Oct 17, 5:00 PM EDT
BLUE TOPAZ STERLING SILVER CROSS PENDANT
by Puckett Auctions
Est: $250- $2,500
$201 Bid
(Cockshutt Plow Co. Wrench)
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
(Cockshutt Plow Co. Wrench)
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $5- $1,000
$10 Bids
A SILVER-GILT PECTORAL CROSS
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
A SILVER-GILT PECTORAL CROSS
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €900- €1,800
€9000 Bids
FOUR CROSS PENDANTS
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
FOUR CROSS PENDANTS
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €120- €240
€1200 Bids
18K White Gold, Sapphire & Diamond Cross Pendant
Oct 20, 6:00 PM EDT
18K White Gold, Sapphire & Diamond Cross Pendant
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,2000 Bids
Continental School (19th century), Figure crossing a bridge
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
Continental School (19th century), Figure crossing a bridge
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £500- £700
£4500 Bids
Stainless Steel Cross, Black Braided Necklace, 20", Black Enameling on Cross
Oct 17, 2:00 PM EDT
Stainless Steel Cross, Black Braided Necklace, 20", Black Enameling on Cross
by Maria's Vintage & Estate Treasures
Est: $35- $50
$200 Bids
Vintage Sterling Cross Necklace with CZ, 24"
Oct 17, 2:00 PM EDT
Vintage Sterling Cross Necklace with CZ, 24"
by Maria's Vintage & Estate Treasures
Est: $45- $60
$260 Bids
CHAIN WITH CROSS PENDANT
Oct 22, 6:00 PM CEST
CHAIN WITH CROSS PENDANT
by Auktionshaus Rheine
Est: €160- €200
€1400 Bids
CHAIN with cross pendant
Oct 22, 6:00 PM CEST
CHAIN with cross pendant
by Auktionshaus Rheine
Est: €80- €120
€500 Bids
A militari vuirtuti cross, Panasiuk
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
A militari vuirtuti cross, Panasiuk
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €100- €200
€700 Bids
Order of Isabella the Catholic, Grand Cross pendant
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
Order of Isabella the Catholic, Grand Cross pendant
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €400- €600
€1400 Bids
Gemstone sterling cross - 2 3/4 inches
Nov 17, 6:00 PM EST
Gemstone sterling cross - 2 3/4 inches
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $60- $140
$500 Bids
The Gospel & Cross Book Written By Father Abd Al-Ahad Dawood Dated 1351
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
The Gospel & Cross Book Written By Father Abd Al-Ahad Dawood Dated 1351
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £500- £700
£5000 Bids
0.50Ctw Opal and Diamond Cross Necklace Pendant 14k Whi
Oct 17, 12:00 AM PDT
0.50Ctw Opal and Diamond Cross Necklace Pendant 14k Whi
by Papps Family Liquidation.com
Est: $1,800- $2,160
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Cross Necklaces & Pendants


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Papps Family Liquidation.com

Papps Family Liquidation.com

Dalshire International Inc

Dalshire International Inc

Cadmore Auctions

Cadmore Auctions