Hi everyone. I hope you are all keeping well. As part of our Fall/Winter 2022 collection, we recently launched some stunning new Celtic jewelry pieces. This week I’m shining the spotlight on our Irish Legends collection of beautifully crafted pendants which take inspiration from some of Ireland’s much loved tales and iconic figures.
Celtic Jewelry. The Irish Legends Collection.
1. The Salmon Of Knowledge Pendant
The legend goes that the salmon ate the hazelnuts from the Well of Wisdom, the poet Finnegas caught the salmon in the river Boyne which was eaten by the young Fionn mac Cumhail, thus giving him all the knowledge in the world.
This beautifully crafted pendant features stunning Celtic spirals and the salmon features a blue topaz eye and gold plated scales on sterling silver. Handcrafted in Dublin. Hallmarked at Dublin Castle.
2. The Children of Lir Celtic Pendant
The Children of Lir tale is one of the best known from the Irish Mythological Cycle. Part of of the Tuatha de Danaan clan , Lir married Eve, the sister of his rival Bodb Dearg, the king of the Tuatha De Danann. They had four children. One girl, Fionnuala, and three sons: Aed and twins Fiachra and Conn.
After the death of their Mother, Lir married her sister Aoife. Aoife, who had magical powers. She was fiercely jealous of the love Lir had for his children. As a result of her jealousy, she changed them into swans where they were forced to wander for 900 years. 300 years in Lough Derravaragh in Westmeath, 300 years in the Sea of Moyle & their final 300 years in Bill, Cow and Calf rocks on the Beara Peninsula near Allihies in West Cork.
On hearing the bells from the nearby church the spell was broken , changing the swans back to their human forms. By now they were very old and died after being baptized by a local monk. They were buried under boulders just outside the village.
This stunning pendant features 4 entwined swans inspired by the legend with gold plated Celtic knot detailing.
3. The Tir Na N’Og Celtic Pendant
Our next tale on our list of Irish legends is the much loved story of Oisin & Niamh. They set out for the mythical land of Tír na nÓg from Glembeigh beach in County Kerry. Oisin was a mere mortal who fell in love with Niamh from the Otherworld. Niamh brings Oisin to the land of eternal youth -Tír na nÓg on a magical white horse.
After 3 years, Oisin becomes homesick and wants to return home. Niamh agrees to give him the horse to return but warns him not to touch the ground when he arrives. When Oisin reaches Ireland, 300 years have passed. He falls from the horse, transforms to a wizened old man and dies of old age.
This beautifully crafted pendant features the mythical horse galloping on the waves as well as a Trinity knot detail with three eye-catching blue cubic zirconias.
4. The Pirate Queen Celtic Pendant
Unlike the rest of our characters, Ireland’s own Pirate Queen was anything but fictional but she was utterly legendary! Grace O’Malley was born in 1530. Sshe was part of the clan Uí Mháille, a family of seafarers in County mayo on Ireland’s west coast.
She was a force to be reckoned with in this part of Ireland in the 16th century. A letter to the Tudor court describes her as “the nurse to all rebellions in the province for 40 years”
The pendant features the queen herself with a Celtic braid in her hair and gold plated detailing on the sail of the ship.
Check out our full collection of new season Celtic jewelry below and find the perfect Irish gift for any occasion.
Take care of yourselves and each other,
Slán go fóill!