Today many people are wearing silver cross pendants
cross came to be.
on their necklaces to express their beliefs, their
The Solar cross is an even sided cross with a circle all
heritage, or simply their sense of style. While wearing
the way around it. The circular shape emphasizes the
silver cross pendants is nothing new, you might be
sun and the recurring circle type pattern of the
surprised that a more primitive form of this attire has
seasons. If you look there will be four quadrants, which
been found to date back to even before Christ was
represent spring, summer, fall, and winter. Interestingly
born. While most people understand what the cross
this is known to be one of the oldest symbols in the
means in terms of Christianity, you might be surprised
world and has appeared in European, Indian, American,
that the cross actually has many different and unique
and even Asian art.
While many types of materials can be used to create
The most common, the Christian cross, is the one that
these types of pendants, silver is usually the most
you will typically find on most individuals are represents
preferred for several different reasons. First off silver
Christianity and the cross that Christ died on to save
is usually reasonably priced when compared to titanium
the world of their sins. The Celtic cross, while still a
or gold. Silver also holds to wear and tear rather well
religious cross, can be seen as a symbol of heritage
and can withstand a significant amount of abuse.
just as much as it can be a symbol of faith. There is a
Another benefit of having a silver cross pendant is that
lot of evidence that many backgrounds such as the
as long as it is properly taken care of it will shine
Scottish, the Welsh, and Irish have used this cross in
brilliantly for years to come. For these reasons many
their culture way before Christ was born and before
people are purchasing silver cross pendants instead of
the Celtic people became converted to Christianity. Old
titanium or gold because it allows them to express
Irish legends tell us that St. Patrick himself drew a Latin
themselves in a stylish and unique look, while not
cross and then drew a circle over it to incorporate a
breaking their pocketbook.

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Cross necklaces have been around for thousands of
decorations. However, you see this type of silver
years dating back to before B.C. and hold different
cross pendant within the Catholic church because it
meanings for many different people. Depending on
symbolizes the crucifix, which is the focus of their faith.
their background, the crosses can vary greatly giving
The Celtic cross pendant has a range that reaches
you a wide array of beautiful different types to
across many types of Christian faiths and is just as
choose from, which is why I am going to differentiate
much a symbol of heritage as it is of faith. These can
these for you making your choice a little bit easier. I am
vary from Irish to Scottish or even Welsh backgrounds
going to give you some background on some of the
which has a wealth of history and meaning that many
more common crosses such as the Celtic, Christian,
hold very dear to their hearts. Although traditionally,
and Western crosses making the process of finding
crosses have been given a religious connotation
the right cross for you a breeze.
because of the crucifixion of Christ, Celtic crosses
Christian crosses are probably one of the most
were in evidence long before the Celtic people
common types of crosses you will find today
converted to Christianity. This silver cross pendant is
anywhere you go which is why this will be my focus.
not only a christian symbol, but is also rich with folklore
These can range from Latin, Greek, to Celtic or to the
and mystery which makes it a very interesting and
Swastika depending on the type of Christian faith you
popular cross pendant because of its ability to reach a
most relate to personally. One thing most of these
wide range of people.
crosses have in common is the fact that generally you
Whether you decide to make a Celtic cross your silver
will see more silver crosses than anything because
cross pendant of choice or the Latin cross, both make
that seems to reach a more profound amount of
a statement that can make you proud. Silver cross
people do to its commonality. The Latin cross pendant
pendants vary greatly and are all beautiful symbols
is carried by more people than any other religious faith
that have great depth and meaning, and my hope is
and is a representation of the Trinity. It can also be
that with the little bit of background and meaning that I
called a Protestant cross because its generally a plain
gave you, this will make your choice just a little bit
silver cross pendant without any adornments or



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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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