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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

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18K YELLOW GOLD COPTIC CROSS PENDANT
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
18K YELLOW GOLD COPTIC CROSS PENDANT
by Potomack Company
Est: $150- $300
$701 Bid
14K YELLOW GOLD CROSS PENDANT
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
14K YELLOW GOLD CROSS PENDANT
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $80- $120
$201 Bid
Raquel Welch | 18K Yellow Gold & Sterling Silver Crucifix Necklace Pendant
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Raquel Welch | 18K Yellow Gold & Sterling Silver Crucifix Necklace Pendant
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Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Large 14k Gold Crusifix
Apr 16, 12:00 PM EDT
Large 14k Gold Crusifix
by OG Collections
Est: $350- $700
$2000 Bids
Gold pendant, cross
Apr 18, 10:00 AM CEST
Gold pendant, cross
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €150- €450
€1500 Bids
A 14 Carat Gold Chain Necklace and a 9 Carat Gold Pendant Crucifix entwined with ropetwist and studd
Apr 20, 11:00 AM BST
A 14 Carat Gold Chain Necklace and a 9 Carat Gold Pendant Crucifix entwined with ropetwist and studd
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £80- £160
£500 Bids
A 9ct gold cross pendant and chain,
Apr 25, 10:00 AM BST
A 9ct gold cross pendant and chain,
by Cheffins
Est: £200- £400
£1600 Bids
A 9ct gold crucifix pendant and chain,
Apr 25, 10:00 AM BST
A 9ct gold crucifix pendant and chain,
by Cheffins
Est: £500- £700
£4000 Bids
CHAINE
Apr 18, 2:30 PM CEST
CHAINE
by HVMC - Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
A VICTORIAN 9CT GOLD AND ENAMEL MOURNING PENDANT
Apr 17, 10:00 AM BST
A VICTORIAN 9CT GOLD AND ENAMEL MOURNING PENDANT
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £100- £200
£500 Bids
Golden cross
Apr 18, 10:00 AM CEST
Golden cross
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €250- €750
€2500 Bids
Kreuzanhänger / An 18 ct gold cross pendant, Frankreich, 19. Jh.
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CEST
Kreuzanhänger / An 18 ct gold cross pendant, Frankreich, 19. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €120- €240
€1200 Bids
Großer Kreuz-Anhänger mit beweglichen Teilen, große Öse, Länge 7cm, Gelbgold 585 (getestet), 16,2g
Apr 13, 11:00 AM CEST
Großer Kreuz-Anhänger mit beweglichen Teilen, große Öse, Länge 7cm, Gelbgold 585 (getestet), 16,2g
by Auktionshaus Karrenbauer
Est: €600- €800
€4000 Bids
Golden cross with filigree
Apr 18, 10:00 AM CEST
Golden cross with filigree
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €100- €300
€1000 Bids
PRO NOBIS 14k GOLD CROSS and CHAIN & SECOND CROSS
May 11, 11:00 AM EDT
PRO NOBIS 14k GOLD CROSS and CHAIN & SECOND CROSS
by John McInnis Auctioneers
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids
10K SOLID GOLD 1.5" MARINER'S CROSS PENDANT
Apr 14, 10:00 AM EDT
10K SOLID GOLD 1.5" MARINER'S CROSS PENDANT
by Imperial Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1500 Bids
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Jean Mahie 22k Yellow Gold Cross Pendant
May 04, 10:00 AM CDT
Jean Mahie 22k Yellow Gold Cross Pendant
by J. Garrett Auctioneers
Est: $7,000- $9,000
$1000 Bids
19TH C. RUSSIAN 14K GOLD & ENAMEL CRUCIFIX
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
19TH C. RUSSIAN 14K GOLD & ENAMEL CRUCIFIX
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
GOLD CROSS PENDANT
Apr 16, 3:00 PM CEST
GOLD CROSS PENDANT
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Est: €800- €900
€7000 Bids
A necklace with a neo medieval cross pendant
Apr 30, 3:00 PM CEST
A necklace with a neo medieval cross pendant
by Casa D'aste Guidoriccio
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Gold Cross Necklaces & Pendants


Twents Veilinghuis

Twents Veilinghuis

Isbilya Subastas

Isbilya Subastas

Cheffins

Cheffins

Potomack Company

Potomack Company