ICXC NIKA Shield
IC XC NIKA shield necklace – handmade and recycled silver 100 year old sterling silver sixpences
In Eastern Christianity, the most widely used Christogram is a four-letter abbreviation, ΙϹ ΧϹ—a traditional abbreviation of the Greek words for “Jesus Christ” (i.e., the first and last letters of each of the words “ΙΗϹΟΥϹ ΧΡΙϹΤΟϹ” NIKA means conquers, derived from Greek mythology’s Nike, the goddess of victory.
In ancient catacombs and on various ancient monuments the four-pointed Crosses were used most of all. That type of Cross became even more important for Christians, when God Himself showed it to them in the sky. On October 28, 312, Saint King Constantine was going up against Roman emperor Maxentius. Before the victorious fight, the king saw that four-pointed cross in the sky with the inscription “ΤΟΥΤΟ ΝΙΚΑ” (“In this sign you will conquer”).
I have lovingly crafted each IC XC NIKA shield pendant from a pair of 100 year old silver sixpences. The coins themselves are the perfect medium for this beautiful design, inline with a love of nature using these coins is the perfect ethical and green solution. No new silver is destructively ‘mined’ and old, uncollectible pure silver coins are saved from the ‘melting pot’ of bullion merchants. This protects the history and ensures their stories live on.
It is hand cut, carved and engraved using traditional hand saws, chisels and files. This traditional process allows me to have a close connection to each piece. This also gives the added bonus of each piece being completely unique. Each cross is individually handmade and recycled in Cambridge, England.
Size : Approx 18mm diameter
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