This is definitely not the same old tired pentacle pendant. There's nothing flat or lifeless about this beautifully sculpted star. The 3D domed shape means that it catches the light from all directions, and reflects it back with its own special shine. But here's the best part about this necklace- it is one of the lightest weight pieces we offer. In spite of the raised design, it weighs less than almost all of our other pendants. If you like to put on a piece of jewelry, and then forget you are wearing it because it's so comfortable, this pendant is sure to please.
The Domed Pentacle Pendant is made of sterling silver, and comes with an 18" sterling silver chain. It measures 3/4" in diameter, and 1 1/8" tall, including the bail.
Do I have to wear a pentacle if I am a pagan or wiccan? The short answer is simply: No. Many pagans find that they enjoy having a pentacle pendant, or other piece of jewelry, that acts as a focus, reinforcing their identity and beliefs. But it is in no way necessary. You aren't going to be less of a "real" pagan if you don't have one. And in fact, I would be highly suspicious of someone who made such a claim. If this piece resonates with you, then by all means, it should be yours. But if not, keep looking. There's no need to buy a piece of jewelry just to "follow the rules".
What is the difference between a "pentacle" and a "pentagram"? Unfortunately, that's a difficult question to answer, as people ascribe different meanings to the two terms. Some people use the words interchangeably. Others say that the pentagram is the five point star, while the pentacle is the star with the surrounding circle. Still others use pentacle to mean an upright star in a circle, and pentagram to mean an inverted star and circle.