The third hard enamel pin from Visions of the Past is now in the etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/ie/shop/VisionsofthePastShop
Stone Circles may be the most enigmatic of monuments to dot the Irish landscape. Though their true purpose remains mysterious, they seemingly existed as places of ceremony. Many are aligned with solar events and they are to be found throughout the Celtic world, Stonehenge being the most famous of all. The inspiration and design for this pin comes from Beltany in Donegal, one of the finest stone circles in existence. Amongst Ireland’s largest stone circles, Beltany measures 45 metres in diameter. The name is seemingly derived from Old Irish ‘Beltaine’ meaning ‘bright fire‘, similar to bael or bale-fire in Old English. Alongside Samhain, Beltaine is the most important of the Gaelic festivals. Celebrated between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, it falls on May 1st, when bonfires were lit and livestock moved to summer pastures. This ritual was carried out to protect cattle and encourage a bountiful harvest, while Beltaine dew was thought to bring beauty and maintain youthfulness.
This pin was designed by jewellery designer Hazel K from Dublin, Ireland.
Made in the EU by Made by Cooper