About this Piece
Banshee Silver has designed and crafted this chunky flame-shaped pendant from Sterling Silver. In the ancient Irish calendar, Bealtaine - May - marked the beginning of the summer season. Great bonfires would mark a time of purification and transition, heralding in the season in the hope of a good harvest later in the year. In Medieval Ireland Bealtaine was celebrated on the central hill of Uisneach, 'the mystical navel of Ireland', upon which rested a great stone called Ail na Míreann which was said to mark the meeting point of the five provinces.
This product measures 35mm long and 19mm 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.