About the itemChristianity was adopted in the Ethiopian highlands of Africa as early as the 4th century, and since then, for over 1600 years Christian Ethiopians have worn neck crosses as a symbol of faith. Ethiopian silver crosses are usually named from the region that they originate (and our charms bear some of those names). Cross design is very diverse and varies from simplistic Greek or Latin shapes to more elaborate openwork, or abstracted forms. Our crosses are all cast from 19th century originals, collected over many years. Antique originals in good silver are now rare - high quality silver originals would have been cast in melted down old coin silver and had a high, pure metal content, and thus were useful as portable wealth, easily "cashed in" when the need came for money. Nowdays, crosses bought in Africa are often made of poor base metal mixed with nickel silver - some have beautiful designs, but their nickel content can cause allergies. Many of our clients asked for old silver Ethiopian crosses, which we can no longer find, so we decided to cast our own from originals in our collection - and our "Lalibella" range is the result. Each one is cast in sterling silver and hallmarked by the Assay office.
This particular cross is one of my favourites with its granulation work and flared terminals. It measures 32mm x 26mm and works well on its own as its beautifully decorative, or mixed with other charms as you will
Length = 3.2cm (1.3 inches)
Width = 2.6cm (1.0 inches)
Weight = 6.4g