If you are a collector of vintage jewelry, one of the best collector's items is a vintage cross or crucifix. Crosses have been religious icons for several hundreds of years so there are many types of vintage and antique crosses that have been made throughout history.
Depending on what culture and style you may be interested in collecting, vintage crosses can be found. Crosses have always been made for both men and women. Some crosses were made to be worn under clothing, and other crosses were more ornamental, worn as a decorative piece of jewelry for a religious order or person of consequence.
Because of the great significance of crosses to many cultures, vintage crosses have been made in just about every type of material from gold to wood, stone and ivory. Crosses and crucifixes were both body ornamentation and hung on walls in the home for protection from evil. This article specifically focuses on crosses made into necklaces for men and women.
Crosses have taken on the personality of the cultures that they were made in. For instance, Celtic crosses have Celtic symbols and decorations on them, while Greek Orthodox crosses have the designs from the Greek Orthodox culture and religion.
There are many beautiful vintage crosses made in precious metals, platinum, gold, and silver, but if you look thoroughly you will find crosses made in whatever materials were most precious and available in the country that they were made in.