Egyptian Cross Olive Wood Pendant


A lovely pendant/necklace with an Egyptian cross design, that is carved from genuine olive wood (see below for information on olive wood.) They are 2.5 x 3.5 cm and come with a certificate of authenticity that it is from genuine olive wood from the Holy Land. You can mix and match with the other cross pendants in my store. 

What is an Egyptian Cross? 

The Egyptian Cross is the ankh symbol, the Egyptian hieroglyphic character that means "life". Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over their chest. The Egyptian Cross is also known as the key of life, or as crux ansata, Latin for "cross with a handle". Since the 1960’s it has been taken as a symbol by hippies and Goths, and it retains popularity among Neopagan religious and spiritual movements as a symbol for a variety of concepts relating to life, immortality and the occult. 

''The wood from the Tree of Life, those who grasp it will experience eternal Happineess...'' Proverbs 3:18 

Background - Olive trees are indigenous to the Holy Land and are treasured because the oil from their fruit has been used for religious rites since biblical times. The olive wood used in these beautiful products is of the highest quality and is distinctive for its dark lines. It comes only from olive wood trees that are grown in the area between Shechem and Hebron that are not irrigated. The olive tree is a protected species in Israel and cannot be cut down. Once every two years the olive trees are pruned so that they bear fruit and it is from these prunings that these handcrafted pieces are made. The prunings are stored for almost 5 years, before they are used by the craftsmen for these exquisite pieces. 

Olive wood items make perfect gifts. Not only are they imbued with spirituality, they also do not require much care since olive oil is naturally protecting them from corrosion and changes of color.