Fine European Christian Cross, 9th-10th Century AD
The emergence from the Dark Ages is embodied in the rise to power of the Frankish King, Charlemagne in 768 (founder of the Holy Roman Empire after 800) followed by conquering southern Europe from France to Italy and much of Northern Europe. The condition for peace was acceptance of Christianity, under penalty of death. The conversion was effective and Northern Europeans, primarily Saxons, wore small crosses to affirm their Christianity. This example is just under 1" in height, with the cross beam centered and raised edge diamond at the junction. Swelled medial beams with ball trefoil terminals. Surface textured from burial. Professionally refurbished with silver overlay restored. On a Sterling silver neck chain, jewelry gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.