We recently found Three older Jerusalem Crosses.
Two with a Synthetic Alexandrite Stone in the Center of the Cross.
The other a smaller plain Silver piece.
All were marked Sterling Silver and 900.
We normally do not find Jerusalem Crosses, but these were welcome
additions to our items.
The History of the Jerusalem Cross:
The Jerusalem cross, also known as Crusaders' cross or
the "Five-fold Cross",
one in each quadrant.
It is not to be confused with the Lorraine cross, which has also been
called the "Jerusalem cross".
There are variants to the design, also known as "Jerusalem cross",
with either the four crosslets also in the form of Crosses potent, or
conversely with the central cross also in the form of a Greek cross.[
The design originates with the coat of arms worn by Godfrey of Bouillon
during the First Crusade, and it remained in use as the armorial of
The symbolism of the five-fold cross is variously given as the
Five Wounds of Christ, Christ and the four quarters of the world,
Christ and the four evangelists. The "false blazonry" used for
the Kingdom of Jerusalem ("metal upon metal", i.e.
or (gold) on argent (silver)) was connected to Psalms 68:13,
which mentions a "dove covered in silver, and her feathers
with yellow gold". The symbolism of five crosses representing
the Five Wounds is first recorded earlier in the 11th century,
with the consecration of the St Brelade's Church under the
patronage of Robert of Normandy (before 1035); the crosses are
incised in the church's altar slab.
The Latin Empire of 1204–1261 used an extended variant
of the Jerusalem cross, where each of the four crosslets
was itself surrounded by four smaller crosslets
(a "Jerusalem cross of Jerusalem crosses
Happy Treasure Hunting!
Craig and Sandy Watanabe
Aloha Memorabilia Company