Mother of Pearl earrings - Jerusalem Cross

Mother of Pearl earrings – Jerusalem Cross

$7.00

These beautiful earrings are handcrafted by Bethlehem’s local artisans according to the age-old Palestinian tradition of carving Mother of Pearl.

Due to the nature of Mother of Pearl each items is unique. The item you receive will not be identical to the picture you see. However we can guarantee that they will be very beautiful.

For the size and more information on this pendant, please click on description or additional information below.

31 in stock

Description

The meaning of the Jerusalem Cross has deep ancient roots in the Holy Land. The large cross in the middle represents Jesus, and the four smaller ones represent the four Gospels of the New Testament or the gospel message itself, extending out to the four corners of the world. As a unity the five crosses represent the five wounds inflicted on Jesus at His crucifixion.

About this Traditional Palestinian Craft

The making of jewellery and decorative items from Mother of Pearl is perhaps Bethlehem’s oldest and most established industry. The practice supposedly came to Bethlehem in the 15th century with the arrival of Franciscan friars. Locals soon mastered the art and made a modest living selling handmade items to the many pilgrims who streamed into Bethlehem. Traditionally, the sea shells and abalone were brought in from the Port of Aqaba on the Red Sea. However, now they are imported from Australia, California, New Zealand, and Brazil. Palestinian Christians, particularly the Zoughbi family in Bethlehem, have often received international recognition for their mastery of this art form.

 

Additional information

Weight 0.015 kg
Dimensions 2 × 2 cm

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The Bethlehem Bible College Gift Shop wants to improve God’s kingdom in Bethlehem by supporting the local Christian community through:

1. PARTNERING

Partnering with local craftsmen, artisans, and non-profit organizations.

2. SHARING

Sharing their stories with other Christians around the world.

3. GIVING

Giving all our proceeds to provide scholarships at Bethlehem Bible College.

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