Collectible Christian Crucifixes & Crosses

The crucifix is the universal symbol of the Crucifixion, familiar to many around the world. Small and large crucifixes are also handsome accessories and decorative items used frequently within the church and the secular world. Available in a variety of materials, colors, and designs, collectible crucifixes are a tactful way to showcase your faith and your personal taste.

What makes a cross an antique?

An antique cross or an antique crucifix is an actual antique with a demonstrable history of ownership. It may be made of reclaimed materials, or it may come from a private collection of antique icons. The terms "antique cross" and "antique crucifix" also indicate a cross or crucifix made of wood or silver that has an antique finish. Distressed, vintage, and weathered are synonyms that describe a faux antique finish. Antique crosses and crucifixes have a rustic charm that many people find appealing.

What types of collectible crosses and crucifixes are available?

There are many types of these items intended for wear or display. For example, some people wear a cross pendant made of wood or silver as a form of jewelry. A cross pendant in sterling silver may be engraved for a special occasion, such as a christening, baptism, or first communion. A sterling silver cross pendant is an easy way to dress up an outfit with a faith-based symbol. A saint's crucifix combines the crucifix with symbols attributed to a particular saint, such as a St. Benedict crucifix.

A crucifix or cross may be very large or very small. Some are ergonomically designed to fit into the palm of your hand so that you may clutch them tightly without discomfort while praying. Conversely, a wall crucifix may be freestanding or affixed, serving as a faith-based decoration or the central fixture of a small chapel.

What differentiates a cross from a crucifix?

A crucifix is a cross featuring a likeness of the crucified Jesus. In fact, crucifix is Latin for "fixed to a cross" and shares its root with the word "excruciating." A cross shares much of its symbolic meaning with a crucifix, except a cross does not depict the crucified Christ. Owing to Leo III and, later, the Reformation, a cross became the fashion among protestants. Graven images are discouraged in the Bible as well. Both protestants and Catholics wear crucifixes and crosses and display them in their homes.