Bealtaine Earrings:Earrings

Bealtaine Earrings

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About this Piece

Bealtaine and the Festival of Fire was the beginning of the Celtic Summer season. Great bonfires were built and represented the purification and transition from the darker seasons into the warmer weather. It was the start of the longer days, the time of growth and the hope of a good harvest. In Medieval Ireland, Bealtaine was celebrated on the central hill of Uisneach. This was 'the mystical navel of Ireland', upon which rested a great stone Ail na Míreann. It was said to mark the meeting point of the five provinces. This design represents the flames and fire of Bealtaine, and has been crafted in sterling silver.

This product measures 27mm long and 10mm 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.

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