The ancient red sandstone Cross measuring 2.53 metres high is located in Carndonagh, Co Donegal on the site of a church founded by St. Patrick. It is considered one of the best examples of low relief carving from the early medieval period in Ireland. Similarities in design between this Cross and the Book of Durrow which dates from the latter part of the 7th century suggest they were both of the same period.
The top of the Cross features an interlace woven as the Tree of Life. With its roots in the earth and its branches high in the air, it represented the connection between heaven and earth. The seasonal cycles of the tree links it with growth, death and rebirth. Formed in the shape of a cross it blends Celtic and Christian symbolism. The most prominent scene on the Cross has been interpreted as the Crucifixion accompanied by figures representing Stephaton and Longinus, sponge and lance bearers and the two thieves crucified with Christ. Below it are three figures wearing cowls and long robes. These may represent the holy women who visited Christ's tomb after the Resurrection. The two pillars are carved in the same style as the Cross and apart from spiral ornament on the north pillar are covered exclusively with figures and other representational images.
We have translated this primitive and unusual cross design into beautiful pendants, available in 3 sizes, in silver, 18ct yellow or white gold, (18ct red gold or platinum on request).