About this Piece
An elegant sterling silver pendant inlayed with marble extracted locally from County Galway, depicting Ireland's national emblem.
The pendant hangs on a sterling silver 18″ chain.
History of the Celtic Harp
The cláirseach, or harp, is the national emblem of Ireland, appearing on flags, passports, and currency. It was an instrument of the elite in Ireland and Scotland, requiring years of practice to master, with strings made of metal that had to be constantly dampened due to their long resonance. Though it may have existed as far back as the 11th Century, its position as a symbol of Ireland and Celtic culture earned it the enmity of the English authorities in the late medieval period, who eventually banned it entirely - only a handful of harps from before this period have survived to this day. However in recent years the harp has had a cultural revival (with new musicians typically favoring small models), both as an instrument and as a symbol of Irish identity.
About the Maker
J.C. Walsh & Sons is a family business which has been selling high quality marble gifts and souvenirs since 1946. From their own quarry in County Galway, they extract marble and transport it to their workshop in Dublin, where top designers polish and craft it into beautiful handmade gifts and pieces of jewelry.