Baltic Amber Triquetra Cuff - 5 1/2 Inches - Size S - Healer // Poet // Smith Collection
This material, still in sticky resin form, would seep out of injured trees to heal wounds and protect from insects and disease. In perfect conditions, it would fossilize into amber*. Most of the world’s amber is 30 to 90 million years old, and is found in the Baltic region. Amber isn’t native to Ireland, so it’s curious that the ancient Celts connected so deeply to it. They set up trade routes to import Baltic amber to Ireland and other Celtic territories, where it was swiftly integrated into the culture. Amber was worn as a status symbol, decoration, and as both apotropaic (protective vs evil) and good luck charms. It was also buried with the dead as an amulet for the afterlife. Amber was an intuitive choice for me for this collection, and the more I investigate this choice I realize just how entangled it is with the goddess Brigid. It represents her role as a healer and protector, and echoes her connection to trees. Amber’s role in Celtic burials ties to Brigid’s status as a goddess of grieving. I handmade two triquetra knots to flank this stone, a nod to Brigid’s position as a triple goddess, her connection to the cycle of life and death, and of course to her Irish roots. My maker's mark adorns the underside of the main stone setting, and this entire piece has been darkened and rustically polished for an antique treasure vibe.
*I advise gentle care with all of my jewelry, but please note that amber is a soft material that requires attentive wear. If you tend to be rough on your jewels, this may not be the piece for you.
-- Details -- Total cuff length is 5 1/2 inches plus a 1 inch gap. For my shop, this is considered a size small, but I recommend measuring your wrist to be sure. Slightly adjustable. Sterling silver. Natural Baltic amber. Cuff face measures 2 3/8 inches tall. You will receive the pictured cuff.
*TO PUT ON CUFF: Please roll opening over your wrist, starting from the thumb side of your wrist and rolling the opening across the top. Do not pull ends of cuff away from each other, as this will mar the shape of the bracelet.
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*As with all handmade jewelry, my pieces are delicate and should not be worn during strenuous activity or in water. Please take care to remove all pieces while swimming, bathing, washing hands, playing sports, etc.