A pectoral cross or bishop cross is a type of cross that is typically worn on the chest or suspended from the neck by a chain. Pectoral crosses were originally worn by both clergy and laity, but are now restricted to popes, cardinals, bishops and abbots. Modern styles are relatively large in comparison to smaller cross necklaces worn by Christians. Most pectoral crosses are made of precious metals like gold or platinum and are decorated with precious or semi-precious stones. Crosses may be left plain or ornamented.
Matthew F. Sheehan offers a large selection of pectoral crosses to choose from in designs ranging from plain silver crosses to ornate carved gold crosses adorned with jewels. Our selection of bishop's pectoral crosses is large in size and are easily distinguished from other types of vestments and ornamentation. Select styles include a matching chain. A chain is used when wearing the cross around the neck or when securing it within a breast pocket. The bishop cross and chain is regarded as a standard part of a bishop's attire.