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This Celtic Heart design is adapted from tiny elaborations in the borders of the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the Gospels created in approximately 800 CE. The Book of Kells is justly famous as one of the most intricate and beautiful examples of Celtic art.

It can be seen as either an abstract design combining the spirals, curves, and circles characteristic of some of the earliest Celtic designs, or- with a bit of imagination- as a stylized human figure whose outstretched arms curve into the spirals on either side.

The optional embellishments include garnet (my favorite!) which to many symbolizes passion; malachite, whose green symbolizes abundance; or rose quartz, for enduring love. I would be happy to create one including your favorite gemstone as well. See some examples in the alternative picture.

I carved the original design in wax and cast it in silver. Each heart is cast in sterling silver using the lost wax process and a mold made from my original master. I make each bail out of sterling silver wire The bezels that hold the stones are also sterling; the sides of the bezel cup are carefully burnished in to hold the stone snugly and securely, without glue, in the ancient manner. The detail is accented with patination using liver of sulphur, a traditional technique that darkens the metal, after which the surfaces are hand-polished to a soft, brushed shine.

The heart is 1.25 inch (32 mm) wide and just over 1 inch (25 mm) tall; the stones are 0.365 inch (5 mm).

Each heart comes in a gift box and includes an anti-tarnish square, and a small flier about the design. I also include a free standard-length waxed black cotton cord that fits most people when pulled out to its full length, and which is easily replaceable if you have different preferences.

This pendant can be engraved on the back for an additional fee.

Other payment options available; please email me for details. Shipped via insured Priority mail in the USA. If you do not live in the United States, please email me to discuss shipping arrangements and costs.

Kells Heart Pendant, a Celtic design

$45.00

Only 1 available


Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: sterling silver, silver, malachite, garnet, rose quartz, sterling
  • Only ships within United States.
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