St. Christopher necklaces are said to bring luck and good fortune to travelers.
Who Was Saint Christopher?
Saint Christopher is the patron saint of travelers. While there are many different stories surrounding the life of Saint Christopher, very little is actually recorded about his life. The legend of Saint Christopher says that he saved the life of a child by carrying the child over a river on his shoulder. Although the story is a popular one, so little is known that in 1969, as part of a large review, the Catholic Church removed him from the Roman calendar. However, with so much tradition and legend surrounding him, the image of Saint Christopher carrying a child remains a popular choice for people buying Christian or religious jewelry.
When to Give a Saint Christopher Necklace
A Saint Christopher necklace makes a lovely gift and is appropriate for so many different occasions.
Saint Christopher jewelry is believed to bring safety and good wishes to travelers, and necklace would make an ideal gift for someone leaving on a trip or who travels frequently. In particular this would make a lovely and thoughtful gift for a member of the family who was embarking on a special or long trip, the St. Christopher necklace remaining close to their heart.
Children and Babies
Saint Christopher jewelry is a special gift for young children and babies as it reflects the start of their journey through life. This would make a lovely gift for a baptism or Thanksgiving service. Even if the youngster won't be wearing the necklace until they are older, they make an heirloom gift that can be put to one side until the child is at an age appropriate to care for the necklace.
A student leaving home to live away at college or university is embarking on one of the biggest adventures of their lives and it is likely to be their first major travel experience away from home. The gift of a Saint Christopher would make a fitting present and could also be adapted to a charm which could be worn on a bracelet or even a key ring.
Many cars are seen sporting Saint Christopher icons. Those who do a lot of driving may find a Saint Christopher necklace a thoughtful present. Driving is a stressful activity and may be reassuring for a driver to remember that there are other people thinking of them and wishing them a safe return.
Types of St. Christopher Necklaces
There are many different necklace options to choose from. The traditional style of necklace is a pendant formed from precious metals such as silver and gold that depicts the saint with a child. Contemporary versions of this are available in metals such as stainless steel.
Necklaces are traditionally worn on chains, however, they look equally good when worn on other materials such as leather thong. This modern take on the traditional style would make it attractive to teenagers or for people looking for something a little different.
Buying a Saint Christopher
These necklaces can be purchased from many specialty and religious jewelry shops. Mainstream stores may offer choices in this necklace style as well. Note that some stores sell the medals and chains separately.
Caring for Your Saint Christopher
With a little special care, a St. Christopher necklace will give years of pleasure. A Saint Christopher is a special gift that can be passed through the generations, therefore a little extra care can help preserve the necklace for future wearers.
- When not wearing the necklace store it carefully wrapped in tissue paper or soft cloth. This is important with metals such as silver that are prone to tarnish.
- Check the clasp regularly and add a safety chain if required. Most jewelers can add a safety chain and these give added reassurance should the main clasp break.
- Clean the Saint Christopher regularly. Your jeweler will be able to advise as to whether any special cleaning supplies are required.
A Saint Christopher necklace is a special item of jewelry and one that is likely to be treasured for many years to come.