Sterling Silver Jerusalem Cross Button Lapel Pin
Sterling Silver Cross of Jerusalem (Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem) Button Lapel Pin
Item Code: JERPIN
Size Maltese Cross: 15.8mm
Weight (Silver): 3.6g
Material: .925 Sterling Silver
Enamel: EFCOLOR Transparent Red
Finding: .925 Clutch Back (NOT Handmade)
Come in smart Red Leatherette Box with a Certificate from the Malta Crafts Council and a leaflet (shown) explaining the history of the cross.
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Also known as the Crusader cross, the Jerusalem Cross dates back to the 11th and 12th century when the Crusaders captured Jerusalem in 1099, establishing Christianity in the area.
Even after the overthrow of the Crusader state in 1291, the cross remained a symbol of Jerusalem for Christians and became the emblem of the esteemed Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
Also called Order of the Holy Sepulchre or Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, this is a Catholic order of knighthood under the protection of the Holy See with the pope as the sovereign of the order.
Today, the Jerusalem cross remains the emblem of the Order, and is still the symbol of all those who work to preserve Christianity in Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem cross is believed to represent several things. Historians note that the four crosses surrounding the large center cross represent the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The four crosses also are believed to represent the four corners of the earth, in which Jesus desired His word to be proclaimed by His disciples. The large cross symbolizes Christ.
Other historians believe that the five crosses together symbolize the five wounds Jesus suffered on the cross. The four small crosses represent the four wounds of Jesus’ hands and feet, while the large cross signifies Jesus’ pierced heart.
The Jerusalem Cross’ eye-catching design makes it a popular choice among those who are looking for a unique way to express their faith. It’s perfect for those searching for a cross that reminds them of Jesus’ connection to the Holy Land. The cross can be worn as a necklace, cuff links, or as a pin. These are just some ways to pay homage to the land where the roots of the Christian faith are buried.
- Negative of Maltese Cross pattern is laser printed on blue PnP paper.
- The negative is then heat transferred onto a polished silver sheet.
- Silver sheet is suspended upside down in Ferric Nitrate Solution.
- Exposed areas of the pattern are etched away over a period of hours.
- When the desired depth is reached the patterns are punched out.
- Item is constructed, sanded down, cleaned and polished.
- Colour is added by applying EFCOLOR enamel to the etched areas.
- Enameling is repeated 2 or 3 times to get desired depth.
- Item is cleaned of excess enamel and given a final thorough polish.