About this Piece
Boann is an early Irish goddess descended directly from the Tuatha Dé Danann. With her lover Dagda she is the mother of Aengus. To hide their affair from her husband Nechtan, Dagda made the sun stand still for nine months and Aengus was conceived and born in one day. Though forbidden to by her husband, Boann approached the magical otherworldly Well of Segais, the font of all Wisdom. She challenged its power by walking around it causing the waters to surge up violently and rush down to the sea, creating the River Boyne. With her name interpreted as "White cow” she was believed to have created the Milky Way, Pass of the White cow, sprinkling her sacred milk to create the stars.
This product measures 36mm long and 16mm 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.