About this Piece
This chunky sterling silver pendant represents the Salmon of Knowledge - Bradán Feasa - which comes from a very old Irish legend. Under the guardianship of poet Finnegas, Fionn MacCumhaill, the giant who made the Giant's causeway from rock hewn out of the earth, was ordered to cook a salmon. When turning the salmon he burnt his thumb. He then sucked his thumb and in so doing inadvertently ate from the salmon of knowledge which fed from the sacred pool that was surrounded by nine sacred hazels. In this way he gained his extraordinary wisdom and power.
This product measures 21mm long and 25mm 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.