Gold Cross Necklaces & Pendants

The cross, a word derived from the Latin “crux,” has been employed by human culture for centuries. Crosses appear, for example, in ancient Assyrian and Egyptian artistic representations in various forms, and the ancient Greek philosophers mention the cross in their writing.

As Christianity spread, the cross became all the more prevalent, with novel varieties, such as the stylized “Celtic cross,” emerging around the 5th century. Gold also made its first documented appearance around the 5th century B.C. in present-day Eastern Europe, but its popularity soon spread across the ancient cultures of both Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean. The Sumerians refined metalworking to yield remarkably complex gold jewelry designs, and by 1200 B.C. the ancient Egyptians had added the technique of hammering gold into gold leaf.

The cross still plays a significant role in ecclesiastical practice today, but it has relaxed into a more general symbolic significance as an icon of faith, hope, or comfort. Gold cross necklaces reinforce this emblematic role while adding an air of elegance.


Quick Facts

  • Gold was such a coveted commodity in the ancient world that the Greeks began exploring the pseudo-science of alchemy, or the practice of transforming base metals into gold, as early as the early 4th century B.C.
  • A gold cross, encrusted with diamonds, features prominently in the Sovereign Sceptre, an essential piece of regalia used in British royal coronation ceremonies since 1661. Intended to symbolize the power of the royal’s rule, the Sovereign Sceptre also showcases the 530-carat diamond Star of Africa
  • United States politician Williams Jennings Bryan delivered his “Cross of Gold” speech, one of his most memorable orations, at the 1896 Democratic National Convention. In his speech, he criticized the use of the gold standard, or the idea of tying a currency’s value to that of gold

Recommended Items at Auction

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18k Gold and Emerald Cross
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
18k Gold and Emerald Cross
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1303 Bids
14K YELLOW GOLD MALTESE CROSS WITH GARNET
Oct 17, 11:00 AM EDT
14K YELLOW GOLD MALTESE CROSS WITH GARNET
by Confiscated Assets Auctioneers
Est: $875- $1,000
$101 Bid
10K YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND CROSS
Oct 17, 11:00 AM EDT
10K YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND CROSS
by Confiscated Assets Auctioneers
Est: $500- $600
$101 Bid
10KT GOLD CROSS LOT 215
Oct 17, 5:00 PM EDT
10KT GOLD CROSS LOT 215
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
10K yellow and white gold cross set with zircon
Oct 20, 7:00 PM EDT
10K yellow and white gold cross set with zircon
by Champagne Auctions
Est: $350- $450
$3200 Bids
CHAIN ​​AND PENDANT
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CEST
CHAIN ​​AND PENDANT
by International Art Sale Italy
Est: €300- €500
€1500 Bids
A GOLD AND SILVER-GILT PECTORAL CROSS
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
A GOLD AND SILVER-GILT PECTORAL CROSS
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €500- €1,000
€5000 Bids
A VERY GOOD WHITE ICY JADE CROSS
Oct 21, 10:30 AM BST
A VERY GOOD WHITE ICY JADE CROSS
by John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer
Est: £300- £400
£2600 Bids
Reliquary crucifix in gold
Oct 25, 7:00 PM WEST
Reliquary crucifix in gold
by Leiloeira Santo Eloy
Est: €750- €1,000
€7500 Bids
9ct white gold and tourmaline pendant on white metal chain.
Oct 18, 10:00 AM BST
9ct white gold and tourmaline pendant on white metal chain.
by Cadmore Auctions
Est: £40- £80
£400 Bids
9K Yellow Gold Cross Pendant.
Oct 19, 10:00 AM BST
9K Yellow Gold Cross Pendant.
by Cadmore Auctions
Est: £20- £30
£200 Bids
Gold cross with turquoise and pearls
Oct 28, 5:00 PM CEST
Gold cross with turquoise and pearls
by Duran Arte Y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€9500 Bids
18K yellow gold chain and crucifix.…
Oct 28, 5:00 PM CEST
18K yellow gold chain and crucifix.…
by Subastas Segre
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
Four 9ct gold cross pendants,
Oct 27, 10:00 AM BST
Four 9ct gold cross pendants,
by Sworders
Est: £80- £120
£600 Bids
Colombian emerald gold cross pendant
Oct 28, 5:00 PM CEST
Colombian emerald gold cross pendant
by Duran Arte Y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€2500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Gold Cross Necklaces & Pendants


Duran Arte Y Subastas

Duran Arte Y Subastas

Confiscated Assets Auctioneers

Confiscated Assets Auctioneers

Cadmore Auctions

Cadmore Auctions

John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer

John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer