Sometimes I create jewelry to match an outfit or just because I like certain colors or charms. But usually the jewelry I create has deeper meanings. Here’s the story behind my anchor necklace… and scroll down to the end of this post to see LOTS more anchor jewelry.
I’ve written before about why I use angel wings in my jewelry. In the last few years I’ve used a lot of anchors, too. No, my husband and I are not in the Navy. (Although I have used anchor charms in some custom pieces for Navy wives!) For me, the anchor is a symbol of hope.
History of the Anchor in Christian Faith
A couple of years ago we had the amazing privilege to go to the Holy Land with a tour group from our church. We toured through Israel then stopped in Rome for 2 days on the way back. One of the places we went was St. Sebastian’s catacombs. We were warned before going in to stay with our group because it was possible to get lost. That was an amazing experience. One of my favorite from the tour. We got to see where the Christians during the Ancient Romans times actually hid and buried their dead. The carvings were still there.
St. Sebastian was supposedly shot to death by arrows so you’ll usually see him depicted in art with arrows sticking out of him. This was his statue in the chapel at the end of the tour.
One of the carvings we saw several times in the catecombs looked like this:
The anchor was one of the symbols the Roman Christians used to identify themselves. See how the anchor looks like a cross?
Anchors were also used to mark safe houses for those seeking refuge from religious persecution in Rome.
Here’s one of my bracelets with an anchor:
And a few more close ups of my favorite rustic anchor necklace.
Other related blog posts:
- Shannon recently showed how to style this anchor necklace on her blog
- More jewelry I made with anchors and arrows
- A free printable for Hebrews 6:19 (“Hope is an Anchor”)
Here’s where you can purchase my jewelry:
- Handmade jewelry in my Etsy shop
- A curated collection of jewelry in my Shopify shop
- Unique hair jewelry
Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear what you think about anchor jewelry… leave me a comment! (And don’t forget to scroll down to see LOTS more anchor jewelry!)
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim
If you’re looking for something a little more delicate, gold, or silver try out one of these.