pectoral crosses

The pectoral cross or pectorale (from the Latin pectoralis, "of the chest") is a cross that is worn on the chest, usually suspended from the neck by a cord or chain. In ancient and medieval times pectoral crosses were worn by both clergy and laity, but by the end of the Middle Ages the pectoral cross came to be a special indicator of position worn by bishops, and the wearing of a pectoral cross is now restricted to popes, cardinals, bishops and abbots. The modern pectoral cross is relatively large, and is different from the small crosses worn on necklaces by many Christians. Most pectoral crosses are made of precious metals (platinum, gold or silver) and some contain precious or semi-precious gems. Some contain a corpus like a crucifix while others use stylized designs and religious symbols.
 
In many Christian denominations, it is a sign that the person wearing it is a member of the clergy and it may signify that the wearer is a member of the higher or senior clergy; however, in many Western churches there are an increasing number of laypeople who choose to wear some form of a cross around their neck.
 
While many Christians, both clergy and laity, wear crosses, the pectoral cross is distinguished by both its size (up to six inches across) and that it is worn in the center of the chest below the heart (as opposed to just below the collarbones).  A large selection of the finest Pectoral Crosses is shown below. These are suitable for Bishops and the like.  Exclusively hand made in Rome, these crosses are made by the finest craftsmen and in the finest materials.

By special order only.

 

PC-M1-d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross made from high grade Silver 925 and gold plated.  Fitted with centre round gem stone.  Made in Italy by craftsmen.  Made in Italy.  

 

Made to order only.

Bishop Pectoral Cross

PC-M14-d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross made from high grade Silver 925 and gold plated.  Fitted with centre square gem stone.  Made in Italy by craftsmen.  Made in Italy.  

 

Made to order only.

Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-M2-d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross made from high grade Silver 925 and gold plated.  Fitted with centre round gem stone.  Made in Italy.  

 

Made to order only.

Bishops Pectoral Cross
Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-M8-a/d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross, cletic style decoration, made from high grade Silver 925.  Made in Italy.    

 

Available in silver and gold plated finish.

 

Made to order only.

Bishops Pectoral Cross
Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-M12-a/d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross, cletic style decoration, made from high grade Silver 925.  Made in Italy.    

 

Available in silver and gold plated finish.

 

Made to order only.

Bishops Pectoral Cross
Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-M11-a/d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross, cletic style decoration, made from high grade Silver 925.  Made in Italy.    

 

Available in silver and gold plated finish.

 

Made to order only.

Bishops Pectoral Cross
Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-M10-a/d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross, cletic style decoration, made from high grade Silver 925.  Made in Italy.  

 

Available in silver and gold plated finish.

 

Made to order only.

Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-M9-a/d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross, cletic style decoration, made from high grade Silver 925.  Made in Italy.    

 

Available in silver and gold plated finish.

 

Made to order only.

Bishops Pectoral Cross
Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-M7-a/d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross, cletic style decoration, made from high grade Silver 925.  Made in Italy.    

 

Available in silver and gold plated finish.

 

Made to order only.

Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-M6-a/d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross, cletic style decoration, made from high grade Silver 925.  Made in Italy.     

 

Available in silver and gold plated finish.

 

Made to order only.

Bishops Pectoral Cross
Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-M4-a/d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross, cletic style decoration, made from high grade Silver 925.  Made in Italy.    

 

Available in silver and gold plated finish.

 

Made to order only.

Bishos Pectoral Cross
Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-M5-a/d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross, cletic style decoration, made from high grade Silver 925.  Made in Italy.    

 

Available in silver and gold plated finish.

 

Made to order only.

Bishops Pectoral Cros
Bishos Pectoral Cross

PC-M15-a/d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross, cletic style decoration, made from high grade Silver 925.  Made in Italy.    

 

Available in silver and gold plated finish.

 

Made to order only.

Bishops Pectoral Cross
Bishops Pectora Cross

PC-M18-a/d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross, cletic style decoration, made from high grade Silver 925.  Made in Italy.    

 

Available in silver and gold plated finish.

 

Made to order only.

Bishops Pectoral Cross
Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-M19-a/d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross, cletic style decoration, made from high grade Silver 925.  Made in Italy.    

 

Available in silver and gold plated finish.

 

Made to order only.

Bishops Pectoral Cross
Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-M20-a/d  Pectoral Cross

Pectoral Cross, cletic style decoration, made from high grade Silver 925.  Made in Italy.    

 

Available in silver and gold plated finish.

 

Made to order only.

Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-M22-d  Pectoral Cross


Pectoral Cross, made from high grade Silver 925 and gold plated.  Made in Italy.    

 

Features amethist gem stones. 

 

Made to order only 

Bishop Pectoral Cross

PC-M23-d  Pectoral Cross


Pectoral Cross, made from high grade Silver 925 and gold plated.  Made in Italy.  

 

Features ruby gem stone. 

 

Made to order only  
 

Bishop Pectoral Cross Chain

PCC-001G  Pectoral Cross Chain


A gold plated solid silver Pectoral Cross "Twin" Chain in circa 100cm (40") length.

 

Ideal for all above Pectoral Crosses.  Made in Italy

 

Made to order only  
 

Bishop Pectoral Cross Chain

PCC-002G  Pectoral Cross Chain


A gold plated solid silver Pectoral Cross "Rope" Chain in circa 100cm (40") length.

 

Ideal for all above Pectoral Crosses.  Made in Italy

 

Made to order only  
 

Bishop Pectoral Cross Chain

PCC-003G  Pectoral Cross Chain


A gold plated solid silver Pectoral Cross "Spike" Chain in circa 100cm (40") length.

 

Ideal for all above Pectoral Crosses.  Made in Italy

 

Made to order only  
 

St Cuthbert Pectoral Crosses

St. Cuthbert entered a monastery at the age of 15. As a Prior he travelled to remote places to spread the Gospel and later became the Prior of Lindisfarne. For many years he was a recluse on Farne Island but the King of Northumberland finally persuaded him to take on the duties of Bishop of Lindisfarne. His solitary life left him in poor health and two years later he died. He was buried in the monastery church but when the Vikings invaded the area 200 years later, the monks were forced to flee and took Cuthbert’s body with them. They finally found a resting place for it at Chester-le-Street, County Durham. Its final resting place is in Durham Cathedral where a mighty canopy hangs over it. Cathedral Treasury, Durham Width 31mm

St Cuthbert Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-AR186a  Pectoral Cross

Half size reproduction of the original St Cuthbert Cross.

 

Width 31mm

St Cuthbert Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-AR186  Pectoral Cross

Full size reproduction of the original St Cuthbert Cross.

 

Width 64m

St Cuthbert Bishops Pectoral Cross

PC-HAR186  Pectoral Cross

This example is in solid 9 carat yellow gold and is supplied on a gold chain.

 

18 carat gold is available on request. 

 

This is a full size gold reproduction sized at 64mm.  Truly a beautiful example.