This Abyssinia Ethiopian cross necklace features various different crosses which are commonly worn as protective amulets to avert bad luck. In Ethiopia, social status is indicated by the size and refinement of the cross, and individual designs often identify a wearer with his or her home town or province. Repetitive geometric patterns are typical in Ethiopian art, and the open lattice style pattern is traditionally associated with eternity. The four cardinal points of the cross can be mapped to fourfold systems: the four directions (north, south, east, and west); the four seasons; and the four elements.
Ethiopians used to make the crosses from Maria Teresa Thaler coins, but more recently, they are made from a mix of silver, white and brass metal, giving them varying sheens.
The Ethiopian crosses are offset beautifully by leaf shaped Chrysocolla stones from Peru. Chrysocolla is a lovely peaceful stone that is known to dispel negative energy and stimulate calm. In ancient Egypt, it was called the “wise stone” because it encouraged compromise and resolution during negotiations; consequently Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt from 51-30 B.C., wore Chrysocolla jewellery everywhere to promote diplomacy. It has long been used in artisanal circles, not only for adornment, but also in its crushed form as a pigment for paint by Renaissance artists, and by ancient goldsmiths as a solder.
Make a statement while exuding an air of calm and tranquility through the invigorating colours in this Abyssinia Ethiopian cross necklace.