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The native Orthodox cross is the first and most important attribute that gives its holder the status of a Christian. The holy elders said that wearing an Orthodox cross is like a wordless prayer. It is important that for a person this choice be realized and conclude the meaning of spirituality, and not just decoration.
Although in modern society there is absolutely no need to stop the choice of a wooden or tin product, today an Orthodox cross can also be a gold exclusive decoration of handwork, and a symbol of faith at the same time. Orthodox jeweler Vladimir Mikhailov creates majestic images in jewelry made of precious metals, observing the Novgorod art tradition in collections. Such orthodox crosses impress with the subtlety and thoughtfulness of every detail. Buy an Orthodox cross from the artist-jeweler Vladimir Mikhailov - forever become a fan of his creativity and high skill.
Varieties of Orthodox crosses
The variety of types and forms of the product leaves behind each choice - which Orthodox cross to buy.
The form is closely related to the character of the icon image, to some extent it continues its rhythm and emotional "tonality". In the collection of Vladimir Mikhailov, figured crosses and crosses with a strict rectangular outline are distinguished. And those and others meet the spirit of Orthodox art, for which it is possible, both bright festive sounding, and ascetic slenderness. The products of Vladimir Mikhailov are distinguished by the abundance of iconographic stamps and the non-triviality of the overall composition.
Four-pointed Orthodox cross
The simple and clear form of four-pointed Orthodox crosses gives the impression of nobility, a little bit of word significance and architectural stability. In the proposed collection, the straight-line silhouette of the products is often combined with the absence of small details, a deeper oppression of the background. A simple four-pointed form distinguishes encolpies - cross-folds designed to hold relics.
Eight-pointed Orthodox cross
The form of the Orthodox eight-pointed cross with a title and foot is one of the most common variants of the cross in Russia. The shape of this cross most closely corresponds to the cross on which Christ was crucified.
The "Double" Orthodox Cross
The most numerous Orthodox crosses from ancient times are, so-called double crosses, in which the eight-pointed Orthodox cross is inscribed in an external four-pointed silhouette. Crosses with axle-shaped rounded beams are very decorative. This form resembles the Byzantine crosses of the 7th century, in which the rounded blades of the product could end with medallions depicting the evangelists.
Crooked Orthodox Cross
Among the common historical silhouettes of the Orthodox nativity cross can be called a curved outline, which is found both in early monuments of Old Russian jewelry art and in the capital's products of the 16th-17th centuries. The stylized lily flowers underlying this form are symbols of heavenly purity.
The "blooming" Orthodox cross
Orthodox crosses with a relief image in the center of the eight-pointed cross with a copy and a cane, surrounded by lush flowers, herbs and openwork patterns, were called "prosperous", which was associated primarily with the type of the Cross in the Old Testament - the "Tree of Life".
"Poklonny" orthodox cross
Of greater interest are the Orthodox crosses inscribed in the circle and corresponding to the appearance of the monumental crosses. The combination of the cross and the circle is a motif of ancient origin. As an archaic symbol, he was a solar sign. The variety of forms of such a cross from straight lines in a circle with an expanding bottom, almost rectilinear, to crosses with a "wavy" outline, is not only a manifestation of the creative imagination of the master, but also a deep knowledge of the artistic traditions of the Russian Middle Ages. It is interesting that in the first centuries of Christianity the image of the cross was often replaced by the monogram of the Savior's name, enclosed in the laurel crown of the winner.
The kielid Orthodox cross
The form of the Orthodox cross with keeled ends is generally characteristic of the Old Russian crosses of different times, especially in the 17th century. Known, for example, are such works, where the keeled head of Golgotha gives the composition of the crucifix a resemblance to the image of the ship. The ship is one of the oldest symbols of Christian art, associated with the symbols of the Church. The other blades of the cross could also have a kyle shape.
"Latin" Orthodox Cross
The cross, without a crucifixion, where the vertical dominates the horizontal, is called Latin. It does not contain iconographic images. The main idea portrayed in this cross is the idea of the God-human nature of Christ, closely related to the idea of his Incarnation in the name of the Atonement sacrifice. Their attributes of crucifixion retain only the titlo and foot, executed symbolically in the form of small cross-vertical beams without an inscription. The middle-ridge embraces the decoration, decorated with a thin twisted ornament - the royal tsata.
Collection of the Orthodox jeweler Vladimir Mikhailov
To buy native Orthodox crosses and other exclusive handmade ornaments can be found in the salons "Vladimir Mikhailov", where a large selection and reasonable prices are presented.
In the collection of the Orthodox master you will find a product for him and for her. The Orthodox cross of male models has sharper outlines, massive elements and larger size. The female Orthodox cross is usually represented by the following species: crimson, worship, princely, Byzantine. Female models of crosses have a more rounded shape, some of them depict the ornament of the vine, as a symbol of the source of life or the prototype of the Promised Land.
An Orthodox cross can be decorated with stones and decorative elements, you can buy a small cross and a small cross, and you can choose a massive exclusive product. The main thing is how you perceive this thing and what meaning you give.