A beautiful Olive Wood necklace with pendant cross and rosary beads. The Olive Wood cross necklace measures approximately 14" in length. Handmade in Bethlehem.
Cross Jewelry: Cross jewelry has been worn by Christians since the beginning of Christianity. The cross is the most widely recognized religious symbol of Christianity and represents one of the most significant events in the Bible, namely the crucifixion of Jesus.
Olive Wood Carving in Bethlehem: Olive wood carving began around 4th century CE under Byzantine rule in Bethlehem following the construction of the Church of the Nativity.
Originally Greek Orthodox monks taught local residents how to carve olive wood. The work involves skillful and detailed chiseling of Olive wood and is considered a major source of income for the Christian residents of Bethlehem and the surrounding areas.