Is A Cross Ring Really Angry?

30th Apr 2014

Logically, it should be; for example; an engagement ring signifies becoming engaged to be married; the wedding ring signifies that the ceremony has taken place and an eternity ring shows that the union is surviving. So, shouldn’t it follow; that you would put a cross ring on your finger to show that you are angry?


For better or worse; many words in our language have different meanings and the only way to tell which meaning is intended is to look at the context in which it appears. A cross can be a multiplication sign; or a negative symbol (opposite of a tick mark); at heart, these meanings grew out of the concept of one lines passing over another line; which is why the cross can also be a Christian symbol of the crucifix. Other meanings are more abstract; as in crossbred plants or animals; or even chance encounters (our paths crossed).

So, if someone should approach you and offer to sell you some 14k Gold Cross Rings; in which context of the word “cross” applies to this example? Could it be one of those fancy rings where two bands are combined into a single ring by crossing over each other? Or, are 14k Gold Cross Rings nothing more than a basic ring that has a cross (as a crucifix) symbol on the ring itself? Possibly the only way to be sure is to ask to see a physical sample of one of these 14k Gold Cross Rings.

For Rings; It Is The Crucifix Symbol

The moment you see one; you will realize that you are being offered a basic ring band with a short piece of straight metal crossing the band to create a cross at that point. Obviously, the ring is intended to be worn with the cross shape visible on the top of the finger. In our example; you are being offered such rings made out of 14 karat (caret) gold.

Why 14 karat?

If you want a gold cross ring; why would you not want it in the purest grade of gold available? The purest gold is designated 24 karat; which means that it is, at least, 99% pure. However, gold is a relatively soft metal which can be readily deformed and, if used for a cross ring; the wearer may find the band turning oval; or flattened on one side, and the cross pieces no longer lying flat. To avoid this; additional metals are alloyed with the gold to increase its hardness (while still maintaining its golden color). A 14k (58% pure) ring will be durable enough to keep its shape under daily wear on your finger.