About this Piece
Wind is a prevalent but invisible force throughout Ireland. The Oíche na Gaoithe Móire or the night of the Big Wind on 6th January 1839, the greatest recorded storm in Irish history, was thought to be the work of the fairies or supernatural forces. The old Irish for wind is Sí or Sídhe (also meaning fairy folk) and in the Book of Leinster the aos sí - inhabitants of the fairy mound - walked freely among the living and are said to be our spiritual ancestors. So the next time you feel a gentle breeze brush past your cheek...
This product measures 31mm long and 33mm 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.