I've wanted one of these for a while now and got myself for Christmas a couple years ago.
It's a simple necklace, but one that I can wear all the time.
I like those sweet and simple pieces you can wear with anything.
After I started wearing it a while, I've got so many questions as to the significance of it being sideways and if there was one.
Unfortunately, I had no other answer other than I just like the style.
So, I did a little research and here some info I found. I thought it to be interesting.
There is a fashion trend today that involves a sideways cross, often
worn on a necklace. The cross is the same shape as a “normal” Latin
cross, except it is situated horizontally. Several celebrities have
taken to wearing the sideways cross, which has added to its appeal.
As for what the sideways cross means, there are several theories.
Many people consider the horizontal cross to be just another version of
the upright cross—a symbol of Jesus Christ and Christianity. Others
attach a more detailed meaning: the sideways cross becomes a symbol of
Jesus’ finished work—having procured our salvation, He has laid His
cross down—or it is a symbol of how we are to take up our cross and
follow Jesus (Luke 9:23)—a cross carried over one’s shoulder would normally be in a horizontal position.
Some point out that the Nordic cross, found on the national flags of all
Scandinavian countries, is sideways. In those cases, the cross is a
representation of the Christianity those countries at one time embraced.
Other explanations are more humanistic. Some view the horizontal cross
as a representation of the earth (as opposed to heaven) and the fact
that this is where life is to be lived. A related view is that the
sideways cross is a symbol of humanity, who lives in the realm between
heaven and hell. Yet another view is antagonistic toward Christians—the
sideways cross is a “fallen” cross, meaning that Christianity has failed
and is no longer a powerful influence in the world.
And of course there are individuals who shrug off any attempt to infuse
their jewelry with meaning. To them, any cross, sideways or not, is
nothing more than a fashionable accessory. Wearing one, or having one tattooed, is nothing more than a statement of trendiness, modishness, and chic.
With so many diverse opinions on what the sideways cross means, it is
impossible to know for sure why someone wears one, unless she expresses
her mind on the matter. Different people have different notions, and
their reasons for sporting a cross in a horizontal position will vary.
Is it good for a Christian to wear a sideways cross? There is nothing
overtly sinful about it. And if it gives one opportunities to express
faith in Christ, so much the better. The amount of confusion and
ambiguity regarding the meaning of a sideways cross might give some
Christians pause. As with anything we do, we should ask, “Does this
bring glory to God?” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Does a sideways cross bring glory to God? It might, depending on who wears it and their motives for wearing it.