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Gothic Cross Necklaces

AuthorSteff GreenSeptember 17, 2013

Cross necklaces and rosary beads have been used for centuries as an important part of the Christian and Catholic religions. Lately these have become a rebel trend all their own: rosaries and cross necklaces are growing in popularity, with celebrities and many men and women wearing them as a fashion statement, much to the dismay of the Church!

What is the Rosary and why is it so important?

The rosary comes from the Latin rosarium, which means the “Crown of Roses”, and is used as a sacramental and devotional prayer to the commemoration of Jesus Christ in the Roman Catholic religion. The rosary is used to describe both a sequence of prayers and a string of prayer beads on which these prayers are counted.

The sequence of prayers typically follows the Lord’s Prayer, ten Hail Marys and the Glory Be to the Father. Each set of prayers is referred to as a decade, and in prayer, five decades are said. The praying of each decade is accompanied by focus and meditation of on what is called the ‘Mysteries of the Rosary’ which recall different significant events in the life of Jesus.

Wearing the Rosary

A set of blessed rosary beads is considered to be a sacrament to the Catholic religion. Some beads are made containing holy water or specific devotional sentiments.  Many religious orders wear a rosary as part of their habit: either as a statement of faith, to keep it in a safe place for ease of prayer and also just so not to lose it! When wearing the rosary, it is believed that the person will be protected from evils and that it also helps them better love and serve Jesus.

Under the Catholic code of Canon Law, the rosary, like all sacred objects must be treated with respect and reverence – it’s no wonder then why the Church condemns such a trend rising in alternative fashion.

Styling a Cross Necklace or Rosary

There is no shortage of celebrities who have begun donning cross necklaces and rosaries as fashion accessories. On the cover of Vanity Fair, David Beckham was pictured wearing a “designer rosary” by Dolce and Gabbana. In pop culture, the rosary is becoming a more secular representation of style rather than the religious purpose it was made for. I for one, encourage this trend!

The rosary and crucifix are timeless signs of devotion, and are now transforming into an expression of one’s style and fashion – in necklaces, bracelets and adornments on clothing. They can be incorporated into your outfit either as an understated piece of jewellery or a statement accessory: as seen in some of our favourites from Rebels Market – check them out!

Heaven and Hell Rosary Necklace, from Wicked Caribou

heaven and hell gothic rosary

A gothic girl’s take on the rosary! This handmade necklace features a traditional red wood rosary chain, but with an inverted crystal cross and double-sided images on both sides of the setting. The pendant is 40x30, and has a genuine Swarovski crystal on the front.

Rosary Style Bracelet, from Aberrant Creations

rosary bracelet

This handmade rosary bead bracelet has been made by hand and features the strings of glass beads and a cross in the centre. The bracelet can be adjusted to fit different sized wrists, with the maximum length 24cm. This piece is perfect for those who prefer a more understated take on the rosary fashion.

Gothic Inverted Cross Necklace, from Cute Disturbance

statement rosary pink necklace

A statement grunge, goth-chic look necklace in neon pink! Featuring five pink inverted crosses on a gold linked chain, this piece is both grunge and cute.

Vintage Wooden Double Cross Necklace, from Bestshop

vintage voodoo cross rosary

This vintage necklace is made of alloy and wood and has double detailing of a smaller brass cross on a wooden base background cross. This sits on a long chain, 74cm, so would look amazing with smaller necklaces too!

Fashion Gold Cross Necklace, from Jewellery Supermarket

gothic sideways cross necklace

A simple alternative to the gothic cross necklace – this gold plated chain, measuring 40cm, sits beautifully along the collarbone, giving off a more traditional feel than the gothic crucifix. Would look great layered with other similar styled necklaces for a statement look!

Gothic Victorian Cross Necklace, from Skaior Designs

gothic victorian cross necklace

A large antiqued brass cross pendant on a textured brass chain. The pendant is embellished with six red faceted Czech glass beads. Length is approximately 45cm, with the pendant at 8x5.5cm.

What do you think of this trend? Would you wear your own rosary?