The rich iconography of Christian belief is embedded in this cross, a replica of one made in the 19th century, which was modeled after a piece of archeological jewelry from the Roman Empire. The cross became a common symbol in the Byzantine world after Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity throughout the Roman Empire in 313 CE. The original design from that time was formed of two words in Greek: ΖΩΗ meaning 'life' and ΦΩΣ meaning 'light' - possibly a reference to a verse from the Bible, John 1:4. They intersect at the letter omega Ω, perhaps another Biblical reference: 'I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.' [Revelation 22:13]. Regardless of the potential hidden meaning, this cross incorporates a modern blue micromosaic design that is steeped in history.
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