12 KT Gold Filled Fish (Ichthys) Cross, 3/4" on an 18" Gold Filled Chain, 4251GF/18GF.
Ichthys is the ancient and classical Greek word for fish. In English it refers to a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish. It is said to have been used by early Christians as a secret symbol to identify each other as Christ followers and is now known colloquially as the sign of the fish.
The very early Christian movement used the Greek and Latin crosses. The Greek cross is two intersecting lines of equal length. The Latin cross consists of two intersecting lines where the vertical line is longer than the horizontal line. Most cross designs are spin off's from these two styles. As the development of Christian Churches grew they added their own styles and embellishments to represent the differences in their Christian faith. Some cross styles reflect the development of their artistic evolution. As the transformation of the Cross grew from "crossing" ones self on their forehead or chest to carvings, sculpting to other art forms like stained glass etc the use of the Cross in jewelry was originally in the form of necklaces and rings.
Gifted in a Grey Velour Clam Shell Jewelry Box. 12 KT Gold Filled Fish Ichthys Cross necklace 4251GF/18GF