The Huguenot cross is a Christian religious symbol originating in France and is one of the more recognizable and popular symbols of the French evangelical reformed faith. It is commonly found today as a piece of jewelry (in gold or silver) or engraved on buildings connected with the Reformed Church in France, of which it represents the official logo.
It is sometimes asserted that the cross appeared for the first time during the Huguenot Wars (1562-1598) in the South of France. Bertrand Van Ruymbeke asserts instead that the Huguenot cross stands out as "the most revealing" of symbolic signs of latter-day Huguenot solidarity: "Although a Huguenot cross was indeed designed in Nîmes in the 1680s, never was it in France the symbole de reconnaissance it later became for the descendants of the Huguenot refugees in the last third of the nineteenth century"  Van Ruymbeke identifies the late 19th-century Huguenot revival as sharing characteristics with two of historian Eric Hobsbawm's three categories of "invented traditions": First, "those establishing or symbolizing social cohesion or the membership of groups, real or artificial communities", and, second, "those whose main purpose [is] socialization, the inculcation of beliefs, value systems and conventions of behavior."
Long after the revocation (1685) of the Edict of Nantes (1598), the Huguenot cross came into general use among 19th-century Huguenot descendants in countries where Huguenot refugees settled, as a sign of both identification with French Huguenot ancestry and confirmation of the wearer's faith.
The symbolism of the Huguenot cross is particularly rich.
The elements of the Huguenot cross mirrored those of the cross of the 1578 Order of the Holy Spirit, the senior chivalric order of France by precedence.