Life (Beatha) Pewter Pendant
In admiration of the Buckquoy spindle-whorl, an 8th Century stone circle engraved in Ogham, we have written the Irish word for life - "beatha" - to represent "The Circle of Life".
Made of fine, handcrafted pewter. 1 1/4" diameter on knotted 29" leather string. Packaged in green organza bag with descriptive tag and a 3x5 card explaining the history of the Ogham alphabet.
Our pewter pendants are sculpted to resemble the blemishes and imperfections of stone. The natural process that forms a patina on pewter will occur over time, giving the pendant the intended look of an ancient, weathered Ogham stone. If you prefer to maintain a sheen to your Ogham pewter pendant, please use one of the many simple techniques to polish pewter jewelry such as massaging baking soda onto the moistened pendant and rinsing with warm water.
Ships within 1-3 business days. USPS shipping times are in addition to this handling period.
Here is a brief summary of the Ogham alphabet. Stay tuned for more detailed posts in the days to come. Sign up below for the Ogham Art Newsletter to receive email notifications about new postings, blogs, products and events.
Colleen & Chris
Ogham is the earliest written form of Primitive Irish, the oldest of the Gaelic languages. Ogham was first used in Ireland and parts of England, Scotland and Wales between the 2nd and 6th centuries. Though its actual origins remain a mystery today, it is believed the Celts desired a cryptic alphabet that could not be deciphered by Roman Britain.
Represented as a series of perpendicular and intersecting lines, this ancient script is thought to be influenced by the Latin alphabet using 20 characters. It is most commonly written vertically and is read from bottom to top. When presented horizontally, it is read from left to right.