About this Piece
The bee was regarded as a sacred and wise animal because of its life-giving honey and useful beeswax. In Ireland there were even 'Bee Laws' known as Bechbreatha, governing the business of beekeeping. Bees were thought to have a strong bond with their keepers. It was important to inform the bees of any changes in the household, births, deaths, and marriages. In parts of Ireland, when there was a death in the family it was customary to put a black cloth over the hive so the bees could mourn as well. They were also believed to be spirit messengers between this world and the other.
This product measures 22mm 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.