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Celtic crosses are ubiquitous symbols across the expansive countryside in beautiful Ireland. They feature a traditional cross highlighted with a circle surrounding the arms and stem.

Like many other Celtic motifs, this magnificent symbol carries a special meaning. It’s not only a solid representation of faith but is also said to signify strength and compassion, besides many other virtues. It’s rich in powerful representation and may in fact have varied interpretations. However one of the easiest and most common ways to understand the meaning of the Celtic cross is by delineating what each of the four arms stand for.

Bears a Deep Meaning Representative of its Four Elements

The four arms of the Celtic crosses are commonly regarded as being representative of the four elements of Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. These elements that can also be regarded as the four directions of the compassions are believed to symbolize our mind, soul, body, and heart.

As the center ring is a circle it naturally has no beginning or end, which is why it’s said to denote infinite love - God’s endless love. It’s also considered by many to be the perfect manifestation of the hopes and ambitions of the Celtic people. It’s easy to see how this stunning and deeply meaningful symbol is rooted in faith and culture. So it should come as no surprise that it forms the basis of many art forms including jewelry.

The young and the old alike proudly wear this lovely symbol signifying compassion around their neck in the form of a pendant. Browse our eye-catching variety of Celtic cross pendants featured above, crafted from sterling silver and gold, in gorgeous designs that will leave you spellbound.