Mother of Pearl pendant - Celtic Cross

Mother of Pearl pendant – Celtic Cross

$6.50

This beautiful pendant is handcrafted by Bethlehem’s local artisans according to the age-old Palestinian tradition of carving Mother of Pearl.

This pendant comes with a basic silver plated chain of approximately 17.5″ or 44cm

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.

64 in stock

Description

The Celtic design is said to have originated with St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. Among the many explanations for the circle around the cross is the theory that Patrick wanted to proclaim the lordship of Christ by placing His cross in front of the sun, which many Irish people worshipped at the time; the true light of the world is Jesus.

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 0.01 kg
Dimensions 2 × 2 cm

OUR MISSION

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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