Cailleach's Armor Pendant ✦ 17 3/4 Inches ✦ The Age of the Cailleach Collection
“‘Tis winter - my reign doth begin - Youth’s summer has faded away. Every flower must fade and fall dead When the winds blow cold, When the winds blow cold.”
I created this one of a kind statement necklace in homage to the divine giantess and hag of Celtic mythology, the most ancient of beings, the queen of winter, the Cailleach. At the final harvest, when the last stalks of wheat meet the bending blades of scythes, the Cailleach emerges to rule. With her blue skin aglow and her hair white and wild like frozen branches, she takes her enormous strides across the land and freezes it with her magical staff. Since she once had a hand in creating the very landscape she freezes each winter, her nature is both dual and cyclical. She is at once creator and destroyer, representative of both life and death, beginnings and endings. This design is inspired by many old tales of the Cailleach, and is meant to embody her ancient power, her appearance, and her duality. Handmade scythes and stalks of wheat flank a majestic high quality moonstone, which flashes wintery shades of blue and minty green beneath its icy white surface. This sterling piece hangs just shy of 18 inches long on heavy sterling chain, and my maker's mark and .925 for sterling adorn the back. It has been darkened and selectively polished to highlight the details, and to create the air of an ancient jewel unearthed from the frozen land.
✦ Details ✦ Sterling silver. Natural moonstone. 17 3/4 inches total length. Please note that due to factors such as neck and bust size, torso length, etc. a certain chain length may appear slightly longer or shorter on the model than it will on you. Pendant measures just over 3 inches at the widest point. You will receive the pictured necklace.
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