Necklaces & Pendants
This pendant is made of sterling silver. The pendant is designed with a Celtic cross which is known as Cross Of Moone. At Moone in Co.Kildare, is the site of the early Columban foundation - "Moin Cholum Cille". Here you can see the tall slender Celtic Cross at Monasterboice which are standing where the monks placed them, the cross of Moone was lost for centuries, buried and in pieces. The capstone of the cross is still missing.
The story of the finding of the cross is interesting. In the middle of the nineteenth century, just after the Great Famine, a local mason was taking slabs of stone from the ruins if the Abbey for building purposes when he unearthed the base and head of the cross. He and others in the locality recognised its importance and some later the base and head were set up near the place it was found at the south east of the ruined Abbey Church.
Some years later, when some other workmen were digging a grave in the grounds of the ruin, the shaft of the cross was uncovered. Later still, in the 1893, the pieces were skillfully put together by three brothers of the O'Shaughnessy family, the sons of the Micheal O'Shaughnessy who first found parts of the cross forty years before and who had lived to see the completed cross erected.
This cross is 3.8cm in height and 1.8cm wide.