This Lorraine Cross Pendant is entirely handcrafted from solid .925 sterling silver.
The cross is approximately 3cm tall and perfect for everyday wearing.
The sterling silver ball chain can be changed to a finer link chain upon request.
Because of each pendant being made by hand, please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery, although we strive to deliver sooner!
Below is a bit of history about the Cross of Lorraine.
The Cross of Lorraine is a French symbol that was originally carried to the Crusades by the original Knights Templar, granted to them for their use by the Patriarch of Jerusalem.
Later inn France, the Cross of Lorraine is the symbol of the Free French Forces of World War II, the liberation of France from Nazi Germany, and Gaullism and includes several variations of a two barred cross.
The Cross of Lorraine is part of the heraldic arms of Lorraine in eastern France. Between 1871 and 1918 (and again between 1940 and 1944), the northern third of Lorraine was annexed to Germany, along with Alsace. During that period the Cross served as a rallying point for French ambitions to recover its lost provinces. This historical significance lent it considerable weight as a symbol of French patriotism.
The flag of Free France featured a red Cross of Lorraine on a standard Flag of France.
During World War II, Capitaine de corvette Thierry d'Argenlieu suggested the Cross of Lorraine as the symbol of the Free French Forces led by Charles de Gaulle as an answer to the Nazi swastika.
The Cross was displayed on the flags of Free French warships, and the fuselages of Free French aircraft. The medal of the Order of Liberation bears the Cross of Lorraine.
De Gaulle himself is memorialized by a 43 metres (141 ft) high Cross of Lorraine in his home village of Colombey-les-Deux-Églises.
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