Chi-Rho Charm

United States
$36.00
Item No. 3221C
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The Celtic Chi-Rho symbol used in this sterling silver charm shows a hooked rho, and a chi with expanded terminals. It is surrounded by the circle of eternity. The alpha and omega are incorporated into the top of the circle. The charm is double-side, ¾ inch in diameter. Made in USA, exclusive to David Morgan.

The Celtic Chi-Rho symbol used in this sterling silver charm shows a hooked rho, and a chi with expanded terminals. It is surrounded by the circle of eternity. The alpha and omega are incorporated into the top of the circle. The charm is double-side, ¾ inch in diameter. Made in USA, exclusive to David Morgan.

  • Chi-Rho

    Celtic crosses evolved in Britain from two Christian symbols, the Chi-Rho of the Emperor Constantine of Rome, and the linear cross, the simple rendition of the Roman execution cross. The Chi-Rho, a monogram of chi and rho, the first two letters of Christ in Greek, was incised into flat stone grave markers and pillar stones, large upright stone shafts, in the 4th century.

    The early examples had the six arms of the Roman Chi-Rho, but a distinctive style with the chi rotated so that its long arm overlapped the rho soon developed in Britain. The alpha and omega, denoting Christ was the beginning and the end, were omitted, and a circle representing the sun and the endless circle of eternity was put around the Chi-Rho. The top semicircle of the rho was reduced to a hook or omitted entirely.

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