Ogham and Claddagh Cross Pendant

PB032
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Fully Hallmarked at the Assay Office at Dublin Castle

Includes a 18" Spiga chain

This Ogham and Claddagh Cross Pendant combines the traditional Claddagh symbol with the Ogham language to create a very unique Irish cross.

At the center of this cross sits The Claddagh heart for love. The Claddagh arms are set into the arms of the cross. And the Claddagh crown is set at the top of the cross. Altogether these represent Ireland’s famous Claddagh symbol. The Claddagh symbolizes love, loyalty, and friendship.

At the foot of the Ogham and Claddagh Cross Pendant is the ancient Irish language of Ogham. The word ‘love’ is written in this spiritual ancient language.

The Ogham alphabet is the earliest form of Irish writing, dating back to the 4th century AD. The language is also known as the ‘Celtic Tree Alphabet’. The characters consist of a series of lines and notches scored across a long stem. There are about four hundred surviving examples of Ogham in Ireland.

In legend, the Ogham language was created by the Irish God Ogma, a warrior and the god of eloquence and literature. Some scholars suggest that Ogham was first created as a cryptic alphabet designed by the Irish. They claim that the Irish designed it in response to political, military and religious reasons so that those with knowledge of just Latin could not read it. 

This contemporary cross combines these two Celtic symbols to create a very unique Irish Cross Pendant.

Weight Sterling Silver: 4.4g
Weight 10ct Gold: 4.78g.
Weight 14ct Gold: 5.55g
Width: 17mm
Height: 28.8mm 

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