About this Piece
This handmade piece is inspired by Irish design and Celtic Mythology. Like many ancient cultures, the pagan Celts saw nature as integral to their lives, where rivers, springs and trees all had spirit life forces. Ash was one of the three most sacred trees to the Druids and Celtic mythology along with the oak and the thorn. It was associated with Irish fairy lore. Ash trees were also associated with Uisneach, the mystical navel of Ireland where ancient royal ceremonies were held. It was used in particular to ward off spells and bring good luck by the superstitious Irish. In this piece, a simple fretwork pattern has been used to represent the leaves of the Ash Tree.
This product measures 30mm long and 22mm wide.
About the Maker
Úna O Boyle is a jewelry designer, maker and storyteller who uses her silversmith craft to retell the ancient stories of her Irish and Celtic culture. She is passionate about the mythology and folklore that define her heritage, and after studying anthropology at university is now studying the Irish language too.
Having grown up in Belfast during the turbulent times of the 70s and 80s, Úna often escaped to rural Donegal on Ireland's remote northwest, a rugged area populated with hidden prehistoric megalithic tombs and ancient standing stones. These local relics are enshrouded in legends, from Diarmuid and Grainne’s grave to the 'little people' living under the mountains. Úna continues that tradition by enshrining her jewelry with Celtic and Irish symbolism, ensuring that these ancient stories live on.