Solid 14kt Yellow Gold St Olga Russian Orthodox Cross.
Dimensions: 1/2″ wide by 7/8″ high (13mm by 21mm) Standard Gauge
The St. Olga cross is a 20th century Russian Orthodox cross design engraved with the Russian St. Andrew Cross, IC XC for “Jesus Christ”, and a symbol representing the light of Christ at the top. On the reverse side is the Slavonic phrase “spasi I sokhrani”, meaning “save and protect”. Tradition teaches that when the Apostle Andrew preached in southern Russia he placed a life-size three-bar cross at his side. While explaining the Last Judgement he tilted the foot plate to signify that those on the right side of Christ will go up into heaven and those on the left will go down into hell. The St. Olga cross is a often selected for Orthodox baptism or chrismation.