Throughout history, religious symbols were widely used in works of art to portray a message of faith. Today, these meaningful symbols still resonate and continue to be used in jewelry.
Often the first symbols we relate to faith are the cross, angel, or Star of David; however, there are many lesser known symbols. Below is a list of other sacred and thoughtful symbolic gift ideas that bring faith and blessing to any occasion.
Symbols of Faith
Anchor – Originally, the anchor symbol was not used by seafarers, but actually by early Christians! Christians were under heavy persecution by the Romans. To show their religion to other practicing Christians under the watchful eye of the ruling people, they would wear anchor jewelry and even tattoo anchors on themselves. The anchor is seen as a symbol of strength and steadfastness. It was also a popular symbol because of its close resemblance to the cross.
Angel – “Angel” comes from the Greek word angelos, meaning “messenger.” Angels are spiritual beings who interact with “man” at God’s direction. They bring us news and watch over and protect us from harm. Wings are also a symbol or nod to angels as well as the evolution of the soul and spiritual mobility.
Butterflies – Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection because the butterfly metamorphoses from a caterpillar to a chrysalis and finally becomes a butterfly. The butterfly is viewed as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. More on this butterfly pin with sapphires and diamonds.
Celtic Cross – The original Celtic Crosses were found throughout Ireland and Britain, where they were erected as crosses in cemeteries. Handsomely carved in local stone, and depicting various Passion scenes, the circle motif in these crosses have been said to be an emblem of eternity.
Circle – The circle represents the symbol of eternity and never-ending existence. It represents the notions of totality and wholeness. It also symbolizes Heaven because of its perfect symmetry and its perfect balance. As an emblem for God, it suggests not only the perfection but the everlasting nature of God.
Descending Dove – The Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descended upon Jesus at His baptism in the river Jordan. In Christian art, doves are used to symbolize purity, peace, and reconciliation.
Fleuree Cross- The arms of a Fleuree Cross end in three graceful petals, each resembling the fleur-de-lis. These three petals symbolize the Holy Trinity and because of this, the Fleuree Cross has been widely used on altar and pulpit vestments during the Trinity season. The fleur-de-lis, or lily, is also a popular symbol of the Resurrection. Our 14k Yellow Gold Fancy Cross is a great representation.
Heart- The heart symbolizes God’s love, humanity, and charity. It is also considered to be the source of understanding, love, courage, devotion, sorrow, and joy. Our Pewter Hearts Baby Cup is a lovely gesture for a baptismal cup or a baby’s first gift signifying love and joy. This item is also engravable, allowing you to personalize and commemorate the occasion.
Ichthus – This is one of the most widely recognized symbols of Christianity. In Greek, the first letters of the words, “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior” spell Ichthus, meaning “fish.” When the early Christians were persecuted, they used the Ichthus as a secret sign to identify themselves to each other.
Latin Cross – Few other signs or symbols exist that are as widely recognized or hold as much meaning as the Latin Cross. It is the form of the cross on which Christ died and is used worldwide to symbolize Christianity. Shop our sterling silver cross pendant on an 18″ sterling silver chain. Size 21.5 mm x 14 mm, just $100.
Star of David – While there is no reference to the six-pointed Star of David as such in the Old Testament, the symbol did emerge as early as the 3rd Century A.D. It represents the shield of King David and is accepted by Jews worldwide as a symbol of their faith. Since Christianity has its roots in Judaism, the Star of David also has significance for many Christians. View our Gold and Sterling Star Pendant here.