9CT GOLD LARGE CUT OUT ST CHRISTOPHER PENDANT
Square cut out design oval Saint Christopher lucky medallion charm pendant, crafted in 9ct hallmarked gold. Pendant size 27mm x 17mm including bale.
Average gold weight 2.6g
Saint Christopher is venerated by several Christian denominations as a martyr killed in the reign of the 3rd-century Roman Emperor Decius or alternatively under the Roman Emperor Maximinus II Dacian. However, his veneration only appears late in the Christian tradition and did not become widespread in the Western Church until the Late Middle Ages, although churches and monasteries were named after him by the 7th century.
It is disputed whether Christopher existed, and if so whether the name applied to a specific person or was a general title meaning "Christ-bearer" which was applied to several different real or legendary people. His most famous legend, which is mainly known from the West and may draw from Ancient Greek mythology, tells that he carried a child, who was unknown to him, across a river before the child revealed himself as Christ.
Medallions with St. Christopher's name and image are commonly worn as pendants, especially by travellers, to show devotion and as a request for his blessing. In French a widespread phrase for such medals is "Regarde St Christophe et va-t-en rassuré" ("Look at St Christopher and go on reassured", sometimes translated as "Behold St Christopher and go your way in safety"); Saint Christopher medals and holy cards in Spanish have the phrase "Si en San Cristóbal confías, de accidente no morirás" ("If you trust St. Christopher, you won't die in an accident").