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'The Phoenix Bird' Orthodox Christening Cross Certified 585 (14kt) Rose Gold
- 585 (14kt) rose gold
- 23mm | 29/32"
- 11mm | 7/16"
This canonical Orthodox cross made of 585 (14-karat) rose gold is a sacred symbol of Orthodox Christianity. The cross embraces a miniature composition of the crucified Jesus and another significant symbols of faith: soaring Phoenix bird to symbolize the Sun and an Eternal life, IC XC (acronym for "Іисусъ Христосъ" (Jesus Christ) in Church Slavonic), and NИКА (derived from the Greek verb nikē or conquest). This word at the base of the cross is reminiscent of the Appearance of the Cross with the inscription "In this sign thou shalt conquer" before the Emperor Constantine to signify the triumph of Christ's over death and hell. The Skull below the inscription "NИКА" symbolizes the ashes of Adam, the First Man, and the Progenitor of the Human Race. According to a legend, the skull at the base of the Cross is that of Adam and the blood shed by Christ over it had cleansed the humankind of sin and brought it salvation. The inscription "Да Воскреснет Бог" (Russian for "Let God Arise") on the reverse of the cross glorifies the Lord and protects from demonic attacks and negative energy. It makes a perfect gift for baptizing babies, children and young teenagers.
The same cross pendant is also available in 585 (14-karat) yellow gold.