These five new Irish jewellery collections are our most significant new product offering for our HOUSE OF LOR jewellery line since its launch.
For the new jewellery collections, we have sought inspiration from our nation’s wealth of culture, beautiful landscapes of Ireland and Irish heritage. The overriding objective in creating these new collections was to create something new which was both sophisticated and contemporary.
These jewellery collections are made in sterling silver with Irish Solid Gold in every design, you can recognise the Irish gold for its distinctive and vibrant rose gold colour. Let’s have a look at these beautiful jewellery pieces and the meaning behind each of them.
Sea themed jewellery- the Imramma is a sacred sea voyage that took the Celts beyond the Ninth Wave. Beyond the Ninth Wave in Celtic Stories is where we find the Otherworld or mysterious lands – such as that of Tir na nOg. It conjures up ideas of a voyage and adventure.
In Irish mythology, the Ninth Wave is the barrier that separates the Earthly world from the ‘Otherworld’. The legends told of a mystical place that lay beyond the West Coast of Ireland, far out across the sea. This island was invisible to the naked human eye and only accessible if you managed to survive the mighty onslaught of the ninth wave.
The Ninth wave collection mainly contains Sterling Silver and Pure Gold waves and is decorated with Sapphire and Topaz stones. Shop Now.
CARIC – Giants Causeway inspired – and the legend of Finn MacCool
In the footsteps of Giants…
According to legends, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. The story goes that the Irish giant, Finn MacCool, from the Fenian Cycle of Gaelic mythology, was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Consequently, Finn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the North Chanell so that the two giants could meet.
In one version of the story, Finn defeats Benandonner. In another, Finn hides from Benandonner when he realises that his foe is much bigger than he is. Finn’s wife, Oonagh, disguises Fionn as a baby and tucks him in a cradle. For instance, when Benandonner sees the size of the ‘baby’, he reckons that its father, Finn, must be a giant among giants. Therefore, he flees back to Scotland in fright, destroying the causeway behind him so that Finn would be unable to chase him down. Across the sea, there are identical basalt columns (a part of the same ancient lava flow) on the Scottish isle of Staffa and it is possible that the story was influenced by this.
The design inspiration for the Caric Collection comes from the magnificence of the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim, Northern Ireland. The hexagonal stone formations play a key role in the design of the collection, in shape and texture to interpret the shape and beauty of the Giant’s Causeway.
DANU – Phases of the Moon & Danu Mother Goddess
In Irish mythology, Danu was considered the mythical mother goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the Celtic tribes that first invaded Ireland. The symbols of the Goddess Mother are air, amber, crowns, earth, fish, gold, holy stones, horses, moon, rivers, sea, seagulls and wind.
Made using Sterling Silver with Irish Gold Half Moon and Lapis Stones.
OREON – The Stone Wall Landscape of the West of Ireland
Inspiration & Design are the dry stone walls found in the West of Ireland. A dry stone wall is built with only stones and nothing else. It does not need mortar or cement to stand and have structural integrity. The Oreon Collection shapes are impressions of the stone shapes used in Dry Stone Walls’ construction.
The Inspiration For The Wishing Tree Collection Is The Trees Of Ireland. Most importantly, The Game Of Throne’s Famous Dark Hedges. The Branches Are An Integral Part Of The Design.
The Celtic Tale of Wishing Tree involves tying a loose knot in a branch as one makes a wish. Therefore, when the desire is fulfilled, the knot is untied, and a gift is left to thank the tree.
A unique collection made using sterling silver, conundrum sapphire stone and a piece of pure Irish rose gold.
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