St. Brigid's Cross Necklaces
In addition to our St. Brigid's cross necklaces, The Irish Gift House, is happy to offer a selection of St. Brigid's cross charms that are available in both sterling silver and in gold.
You will find our large selection of St. Brigid's Crosses for the wall, that along with related designs, are displayed in our Irish Gifts section. This assortment includes Christmas ornaments as well. Please take a look at this wonderful collection that ranges from straw to bronze; we additionally have several designs that are made from either pewter or china that are made by legendary crafters that include Belleek China and Mullingar Pewter.
We also feature many additional selections with Irish Christian symbols. If you are looking for sterling silver Celtic cross necklaces or Celtic wall crosses, we have so many of them that we created a separate index heading just for this category.
The majority of our selection of St. Brigid's necklaces are made in Ireland by Solvar Jewelry.
The History of the St. Brigid Cross.
St. Brigid was born the daughter of Dubhtach, a Leinster pagan chieftain, and a slave woman during the mid-fifth century in Ireland. It is believed that she was a contemporary of St. Patrick who converted her to Catholicism. St. Brigid founded a monastery in Kildare, Ireland and is remembered for her great charity and kindness and is second only to St. Patrick, among Ireland’s heritage of Saints. Thousands of Irish woman are named Brigid in her honor. St. Brigid’s feast day, February 1, corresponds with Imbolc, the Celtic feast of purification and renewal.
The most enduring image of St. Brigid is the St. Brigid’s Cross. In her endeavor to explain the Passion of Christ to her father, a dying pagan, she wove a cross from the straw-like rushes strewn on the floor. In those early Christian times the farmers adopted the custom of making these same crosses at the beginning of spring to protect their holdings, placing the handmade St. Brigid's cross in prominent positions in their houses and barns. The tradition of making the crosses on St. Brigid's Day, February 1st, continues to the present day in Ireland and abroad. The St. Brigid’s Cross is believed to protect homes from want and evil.