This cord, intended for a cross pendant or scapular, has been woven from high-quality real leather in black. Inside there is a core made from nylon string, which prevents the leather from stretching and significantly increases the strength of the cord.
Wearing crosses on leather cords is an ancient custom associated with the 12th-13th century tradition of making so-called “pletsy” – monastic paramans that consisted of woven leather cords and crosses. In this case, animal skins represented the mortification of the flesh.
Apart from having an important symbolic significance, the cord is a convenient choice for those who wish to wear a cross pendant continuously.
The ends of the cord have silver crimps with gilded fragments, which come in two different types. The first type (item number SS076) is shaped like the twisted bulb-like cupola of a Russian Orthodox Church. Inscribed along the there is the text of the shortest and most ancient prayer: Гдcи помилуй (“Lord, have mercy”). The second type (item number SS077) is similar to the helmet-like cupola of a Byzantine church. The rim is decorated with an ornament in the Byzantine style.
The end-crimps are joined with a ring clasp. The ring is solid and cannot be unclasped, so the cord with the cross has to be put on over one’s head. However, the clasp allows one to wear the cross in two distinct ways – one can thread the cord through the eye of the cross and use the ring to connect the crimps, as is more usual, or set the hoop onto the ring between the two crimps and fix it there. The latter option has to be used when the end-crimp is too large to pass through the eye of the cross. Besides, in this case the cross is fixed on the cord in the same position and the crimps and ring serve as an aesthetic complement to the hoop.