This cross is the symbol of Scotland, and its Patron Saint, Andrew. Its unusual shape (the crux decussata) originates with the story that Andrew felt himself unworthy of crucifixion on the cross of Christ, and was bound to a sideways cross. Scotland adopted Saint Andrew and his symbolic cross in the 8th century, when the relics of St. Andrew were brought to Scotland. King Angus pronounced St. Andrew as the Patron Saint of Scotland, for his faith as the first called of the Apostles. We have tied the piece together with interwoven hearts to symbolize the connectedness of the Scots with their national Saint, and their devotion to their heritage.