A lovely pendant/necklace with an inverted cross design, that is carved from genuine olive wood (see below for information on olive wood.) They are approx. 2.5 x 3 cm and come with a certificate of authenticity that it is from genuine olive wood from the Holy Land.
What is an Inverted Cross?
The Cross of St. Peter (officially known as the Petrine Cross or colloquially Peter's Cross) is an inverted Latin cross. The origin of this symbol comes from the Catholic tradition that St. Peter was crucified upside down, as he felt he was unworthy to be crucified in the same manner that Christ died (upright). It is often used with two keys, symbolizing the keys of heaven.
It is also often associated with Satanism and anti-religious attitudes as it is seen to represent the opposite of Christianity by inverting its primary symbol- the Latin Cross. As a result, this symbol has become very popular within Satanic Groups and among heavy metal, death metal and black metal musicians.
Information about olive wood:
Olive trees are indigenous to the Holy Land and are treasured because the oil from their fruit has been used for religious rites since biblical times. The olive wood used in these beautiful products is of the highest quality and is distinctive for its dark lines. It comes only from olive wood trees that are grown in the area between Shechem and Hebron that are not irrigated. The olive tree is a protected species in Israel and cannot be cut down. Once every two years the olive trees are pruned so that they bear fruit and it is from these prunings that these handcrafted pieces are made. The prunings are stored for almost 5 years until they are dry enough to carve, before they are used by the craftsmen for these exquisite pieces.
Environmentally friendly as they are made only from the prunings of ancient olive trees growing in the Bethlehem region, the site of the nativity of Jesus (Matt 2, Luke 2).
''The wood from the Tree of Life, those who grasp it will experience eternal Happiness...'' Proverbs 3:18 .
Olive wood items make perfect gifts. Not only are they imbued with spirituality, they also do not require much care since olive oil is naturally protecting them from corrosion and changes of color.