Arnua

Personalized Handmade Ogham Pendant

Regular price $144.99

About this Piece

This unique handmade Ogham pendant with personalized inscription is handcrafted in Dublin, Ireland.

Ogham is an ancient Irish alphabet, originating in Ireland around the 4th century. It would have been etched into wooden posts and stone pillars, examples of which can still be found throughout Ireland.

This personalized Ogham pendant is a unique design. It is a two-part piece with the Ogham text lying against a flat backplate. The Ogham has a textured polished finish whilst the backplate has a matte/satin finish to create some contrast between the two pieces.

Hallmarked in the Irish Assay office and stamped.

Accompanied by a gift card, one side explains the meaning of the Ogham whilst the other side is blank, perfect for adding your own personal message if you are purchasing the pendant as a gift.
Your Ogham pendant will arrive beautifully presented in a luxury custom jewellery box.

Dimensions: Lenght 35mm, Width 16mm, Depth 2mm.
Weight: 12 grams.
Chain lengths: 16" - 24".

History of Ogham

Ogham (pronounced 'ohm') was the earliest form of writing in Ireland, existing from the 4th-9th centuries AD. Typically etched into stone or wood, it consists of a series of strokes along a line, where the strokes' quantity, length, and direction determine the letter. Most of the letters correspond to the Roman alphabet, with a few local additions, so in fact it's a translatable cypher rather than a language, read from the bottom-left upwards.

Some historians believe it may have been used as a secret alphabet that Roman Britain wouldn't be able to understand, while others suggest it may have been developed by early Christian communities as a form of shorthand. Most surviving examples are found on stone monuments in southern Ireland, though there are also some inscriptions in the west of Britain too, particularly in Wales.

About the Maker

After over a decade of experience in the jewelry manufacturing industry, Eoghan McGuinness decided it was time to branch off and start his own business, and thus Arnua was born in County Dublin. He distinguished himself by refusing to mass-produce his products, instead handcrafting each piece individually, giving every one the attention and quality of detail it requires. Arnua therefore maintains exceedingly high standard for its products, while McGuinness works with clients to create unique and meaningful custom pieces.

While initially he created custom wedding and engagement rings, McGuinness was also fascinated by ancient Celtic art and the Irish landscape, and so created collections inspired by the Book of Kells, the Claddagh, Ogham writing, and much more.