On sale is a lovely pendant/necklace with an Eastern / Russian Orthodox cross design, that is carved from
genuine olive wood (see below for information on olive wood.)
It is 2.5 x
3.5 cm / 1" x 1.35". It comes with a certificate of authenticity that it is from
genuine olive wood from the Holy Land. Makes a perfect gift.
What is an Eastern / Russian Orthodox Cross?
The Eastern Orthodox Cross has many different names including the Russian Orthodox Cross, the Crux Orthodoxa, the Byzantine cross, the Eastern cross, the Suppendaneum Cross and the Russian cross.
is similar to the Patriarchal cross, but has 2 smaller bars, one at the
top and one near the bottom (diagonal) as well as the longer crossbeam.
The upper bar represents the sign "INRI," ("Jesus of Nazareth, King
of the Jews") the mocking title bestowed on Christ by the Romans in the
New Testament account of the crucifixion. The lower bar represents
the footrest (suppendaneum) to which the feet of Jesus were nailed. One
tradition says that this comes from the idea that as Jesus took his
last breath, the bar his feet were nailed to broke, thus slanting to the
side. Another tradition holds that the lower end points to hell, and
the upper to heaven, representing the destinies of the two thieves
crucified with Christ. The first thief, repentant, went to heaven, the
second, who did not regret his sin, to hell. In this way it reminds the
believer of the Last Judgment.
''The wood from the Tree of Life, those who grasp it will experience eternal Happiness...'' Proverbs 3:18
Environmentally friendly as they are made only from the prunings of ancient olive trees growing in the Bethlehem region, the site of the nativity of Jesus (Matt 2, Luke 2).
Information about olive wood:
Olive trees are indigenous to the Holy Land and are treasured because the oil from their fruit has been used for religious rites since biblical times. The olive wood used in these beautiful products is of the highest quality and is distinctive for its dark lines. It comes only from olive wood trees that are grown in the area between Shechem and Hebron that are not irrigated. The olive tree is a protected species in Israel and cannot be cut down. Once every two years the olive trees are pruned so that they bear fruit and it is from these prunings that these handcrafted pieces are made. The prunings are stored for almost 5 years until they are dry enough to carve, before they are used by the craftsmen for these exquisite pieces.
Olive wood items make perfect gifts. Not only are they imbued with spirituality, they also do not require much care since olive oil is naturally protecting them from corrosion and changes of color.
my Ebay store for petals, personalized jewellery, pearls and
semi-precious stones, and a selection of botanicals and spices as
well as many more Holyland Gifts.