My jewellery collection #2

21 08 2009

Following the first post on my own jewellery collection, the next piece I wanted to share was one of the other three necklaces the weird-stealing people didn’t take.

It’s a fairly simple sterling silver production piece from a jeweller’s workshop in the Orkney Islands (far north Scotland). Again, it has quite a bit of sentimental value because it reminds me of the week holiday I spent in Scotland. It was around summer solstice and I was so excited to be so far north at that time of year. One of my most amazing memories of the holiday was a morning I got up at 3:30am to walk to the Callanish standing stone circle on the Isle of Lewis (Outer Hebrides island) and it was already dawning … amazing.

Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Anyway, the necklace … the Orkney Islands is popular with artists and it was fantastic fun to hire a little car and scoot around the island visiting various workshops. I just wanted to take something home with me as a souvenir; and the story behind this pendant was interesting, and I liked the maker.

The design is inspired by the story of a woman buried on the islands in a Viking ship (for scale, it is around 30mm wide).


The maker’s name has been lost to the mists of my memory – but if you recognise it or know the maker, please do let me know!

… last post on my jewellery collection #1



3 responses

21 08 2009
Susan Frisch

It just goes to show that the real value in something has nothing to do with its monetary value.

21 08 2009

Hi Susan
Thank you for the comment, I completely agree!
One of my most treasured pieces is made of paper and took my friend only a few minutes to make – I’ll write about it in the coming weeks.

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