About this Piece
Butterflies were referred to in old and more recent Irish Literature as messengers between this world and the other World, probably as a reference to their transformative life cycle. Author Muiris O'Súilleabháin writes about a dream where a butterfly temporarily transports his friend from this realm ton the otherworld. Lady Speranza Wilde's folklore collection also refers to a butterfly transporting a soul to the otherworld. In this Legend, The Wooing of Étaín, Étaín is transformed by a jealous woman into a beautiful purple butterfly. Later, she falls into a drinking cup and is swallowed and in keeping with the ethereal qualities if a butterfly, she is subsequently reborn over a thousand years later after her first birth.
This product measures 19mm 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.