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Celebrate Your Faith with Christian Jewelry
If you're a person of faith, one way to witness without saying a word is by wearing Christian jewelry. While the crucifix will always remain a central motif of Christianity, you can find plenty of other inspirational designs to match your personal tastes, from the Christian fish (of loaves and fishes fame) to What Would Jesus Do? wristbands. In fact, with all the rings, rosaries and crucifixes, St. Christopher medals, bracelets, and earrings available, there's something to tickle the fancy of every Christian -- man, woman, and child.
In addition to personal adornment, Christian jewelry is a great way to fire the group spirit at youth camps, Vacation Bible School, church teams, and in Sunday School. It doesn't take much -- a nice WWJD wristband or fish pendant is just the thing to engender that group spirit, and it doesn't cost much. There are plenty of places on the Internet where you can order supplies of Christian jewelry in bulk, if that pleases you. Even a Christian key ring (in the shape of a fish, of course) can help engender a sense of group solidarity.
Old Testament and New
Christian jewelry comes in two basic types: Old Testament and New Testament. Old Testament jewelry includes representations of Noah's Ark, Adam and Eve, angels, doves, stars and even Stars of David, representing the Judaic roots of Christianity. New Testament jewelry includes anything with a crucifix, an Ichthys (fish), Alpha/Omega, and anything else representing the savior, Jesus Christ.
The ubiquitous WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) jewelry is a recent Christian jewelry phenomenon that's really taken off. WWJD items generally take the form of rings or bracelets, including those giant rubber bands that have suddenly become so popular. You'll see the occasional WWJD pendant as well. The idea is that the wearer should be able to glance down at the inscription, in order to remind him- or herself of what Jesus might do in a particular situation.
A modern jewelry phenomenon, one that's often Christian-related, is promise jewelry. A product of the 1990s, promise jewelry is often exchanged by young couples who have promised each other that they would remain sexually pure until marriage, an important consideration in a true Christian relationship. In this regard, they're also sometimes given by parents to their adolescent children. This type of Christian jewelry can take the form of rings, pendants, crosses, and even keys, often inscribed with the words "True Love." Some Christians also wear promise jewelry to symbolize religious purity, or to represent devotion to a particular saint. Then, of course, there's that ultimate of promise jewelry: the gold ring a nun wears, to symbolize her marriage to the Church and to Christ.