About this Piece
Like many ancient cultures the pagan Irish saw nature as integral to their lives; rivers, springs, trees, all had spirit life forces. Trees were considered sacred by the Druids. Each letter in the Ogham alphabet was associated with a tree. The Oak was particularly sacred to the Druids and its importance is reflected in the many place names in Ireland. The nine sacred hazel trees circled the pool where the Salmon of Knowledge fed. The ash and the hawthorn are associated with Fairy lore and even today people refuse to cut down the hawthorn tree. Above all, it is a symbol of the cycle of life and continuity of it.
This product measures 35mm long and 34mm wide.
The Celtic Tree of Life
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.