Gold Harp Pendant:Pendant

Gold Harp Pendant

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About this Piece

A lovely gold harp pendant made in Fadó's Wicklow studio. The harp is the official symbol of Ireland and features on its presidential flag.

This is a large sized harp measuring 30 x 15mm.

Handmade and Hallmarked in Ireland.

History of the Celtic Harp

The cláirseach, or harp, is the national emblem of Ireland, appearing on flags, passports, and currency. It was an instrument of the elite in Ireland and Scotland, requiring years of practice to master, with strings made of metal that had to be constantly dampened due to their long resonance. Though it may have existed as far back as the 11th Century, its position as a symbol of Ireland and Celtic culture earned it the enmity of the English authorities in the late medieval period, who eventually banned it entirely - only a handful of harps from before this period have survived to this day. However in recent years the harp has had a cultural revival (with new musicians typically favoring small models), both as an instrument as as a symbol of Irish identity. 

About the Maker

The word fadó means "long ago" in Gaelic - it is one of the most evocative words in the language as many children's stories so often start with the words "Fadó fadó in Éireann..." or "Long, long ago in Ireland..."

Fadó specializes in Celtic and contemporary Irish jewelry, drawing on the rich tradition of the island's Celtic heritage and the beautiful Irish landscape, flora and fauna for inspiration. The pieces are all designed by John Condron, who has a deep love of local history and tradition - he is committed to preserving the stories and legends and provides tangible memories by way of his jewelry creations. Every piece is made in County Wicklow to his exacting specifications - nothing is allowed out the workshop door unless it is perfect in every way!

Fadó Jewelry is hallmarked at Dublin Assay Office, Dublin Castle, Ireland - a guarantee of the fineness of the product.

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