I hope this is the right forum to post this survey.
I have made observations that 85-90% of Catholic Italians and Hispanics wear gold cross necklaces. However, it seems in my experience that German and Irish Catholics do not wear these gold necklaces to the same degree . Maybe some of the Eastern Orthodox (especially Greeks) do, but I am not sure.
My hypothesis for why Hispanics and Italians wear them far more than Irish and Germans is because the governments of Spain and Italy have always been run by Catholics, whereas the governments of Ireland (UK) and Germany were run by Protestants. Protestants were known to be “iconoclasts”, and they did not approve of any kind of flashyness when it came to religion.
Is this theory correct? Can anyone else comment on this?