DescriptionAlpha and Omega, the first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet, are used here to recall the words of Christ: "I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end" (Apocalypse of St. John 22:13).
14K gold with 24K gold overlay. Made in the USA. Spring ring closure. Chain: 18''L, Pendant: 3/4'' 3/4''L x 5/8''W.
- 14K gold with 24K gold overlay
- Polished finish
- Made in the USA
- Spring ring closure
- Chain: 18''LPendant: 3/4''L x 5/8''W
Art HistoryAlpha (A), the first, and omega (Ω), the last, letter of the Greek alphabet symbolize Christ’s transcendence of time. They have been used in Christian iconography since its earliest years, possibly before the toleration of Christianity itself in 313 A.D. by Constantine I. The letters usually appear in conjunction with a representation of Christ or a cross. During the Byzantine and medieval periods, the A and the Ω were frequently incorporated in icons, manuscripts, and liturgical objects in gold, silver, enamel, and ivory. In examples of Mozarabic crosses of the eleventh century, the letters are suspended, one from each arm of the cross.