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Would you wear a cross necklace as a fashion item?

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Stabilosaregreat Tue 19-Aug-14 09:47:07

So I really like cross pendants but am not an enthusiastic church goer.

If I wear a cross pendant will people automatically assume that I am a religious person -- hope not--?

r2d2ismyidealman Tue 19-Aug-14 09:49:09

I did when I was young in the 80's. Nowadays I wouldn't want people to misunderstand and think I'm religious.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 19-Aug-14 09:50:55

Personally, no, it was a bit 1980s (madonna type look) and I was around in the 80s as a teenager so I can't revisit it. (I didn't wear one, my parents are Baptists )

If someone wore a discreet gold cross, I'd assume they were wearing as a religious icon.
If they wore a huge crystal encrusted piece, I'd assume they were taking the piss trying to be ironic.

Thurlow Tue 19-Aug-14 09:52:19

A huge blingy one I might see as a fashion statement. A smaller metal one I'd think was a religious statement.

ThursdayLast Tue 19-Aug-14 09:58:44

I would avoid, as I am atheist.

I'm not how I feel about how it might offend Christians...

Elswyth Tue 19-Aug-14 10:05:51

I think I would. Though it would depend on the style of the cross.

Elswyth Tue 19-Aug-14 10:11:40

I think I would assume the wearer was religious, should have added. I wouldn't personally wear one as a fashion item.

SofaCanary Tue 19-Aug-14 11:05:20

I've got a small diamond one which I haven't worn for about a decade really, silly really because it's lovely.

Off to dig it out.

Stabilosaregreat Tue 19-Aug-14 11:20:13

Thank you for your replies. I am in two minds whether I should wear one as I have a lovely crystal one not too big but feel like it's such a statement and could be divisive hmm.

AnyFucker Tue 19-Aug-14 11:25:23

I would, and I do every day. It's a diamond set one I was bought for my 40th and I love it.

I am the least religious person you will ever meet. Nobody has ever looked at it and assumed anything about me, AFAIK.

AnyFucker Tue 19-Aug-14 11:25:52

divisive ? confused

Creatureofthenight Tue 19-Aug-14 11:30:05

Depends on what you are wearing - if you are a goth wearing a cross I would assume it was a fashion item! If you are just wearing, say, a small gold cross then yes I might well assume you are religious to some degree. Not sure why this would be divisive though?

Nocturne123 Tue 19-Aug-14 11:34:19

I'm an atheist and wear one every day but my dad got it for me when I was about 13 so mine has some sentimental value . I wouldn't assume someone was necessarily religious for wearing one .

Stabilosaregreat Tue 19-Aug-14 11:38:29

Divisive as I wouldn't be wearing it as a religious symbol so I wonder if either someone who is Christian would find it a little bit inappropriate (profane?) or someone who belongs to a different religion would feel like it creates a barrier. Please don't flame I am just insecure / uncertain about it so wanted to find out other people's views.

AnyFucker Tue 19-Aug-14 11:40:27

I think this is something you shouldn't worry about.

Merel Tue 19-Aug-14 11:44:37

I have a lovely garnet cross that I bought when I was about 20 just because it was pretty. I haven't worn it in about 15 yrs though in case people mistake me for a Christian.

AnyFucker Tue 19-Aug-14 11:47:14

I have never heard the like

erm, would it be so terrible if someone did "mistake you for a Christian" ? confused

who cares ?

TheFillyjonk Tue 19-Aug-14 11:50:31

I wouldn't wear one as I'm an atheist - I just wouldn't find a religious symbol appealing, tbh. I feel like it's a little disrespectful to make a fashion accessory out of other people's faith.

AnyFucker Tue 19-Aug-14 11:51:02

What bollocks grin

foxdongle Tue 19-Aug-14 11:51:11

Yes I have a black one it's lovely
People either say they like it or say nothing.
I have never worn it and been asked if I'm religious. I'm not.

TheFillyjonk Tue 19-Aug-14 11:52:03

Yeah, it probably is bollocks but it's how I feel about it.

Wouldn't appeal to me. Mind you, I'm not a jewellery person. grin

AnyFucker Tue 19-Aug-14 11:54:32

So, you guys would never have eg. a sun or a moon anywhere near your person ? A bird ? A star ? A fish ? An eye ?

Gotta be careful ! wink

TooMuchRain Tue 19-Aug-14 12:05:06

No, for the same reason that I wouldn't use statues of Buddha as cute ornaments, but plenty of people do...

TheFillyjonk Tue 19-Aug-14 12:06:17

I see what you're saying, Any. Starting to think about it now... It's definitely more of a personal thing for me. Crosses are just strongly associated with religion for me. I think I wouldn't wear a cross because I had quite strict Greek Orthodox grandparents who wanted me to have one - I hated going to Greek Orthodox Church and I knew that personally, I didn't believe in god. So no cross for me, and probably no rousing Greek wedding either. grin

However, I wouldn't assume anybody wearing a cross was a Christian or even religious.

WillowWoods Tue 19-Aug-14 12:07:15

I bought a micro-mosaic one for a non-religious friend's birthday recently. It's
beautiful,and she loves it.

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