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Ardmore Rock Art Drop Earrings
Metal: Sterling silver
Size: 6.5mm wide by 40mm long (including shepherd hooks)
Sterling silver textured dangle earrings with shepherd hook fittings and silicone safety backs. These earrings are part of our Ardmore Gallan Rock Art collection. The drop earrings are inscribed on the back:
Ardmore Gallan Stone, Co. Donegal.
Designed and made by Faller, they are packaged in our Faller gift box with our informative leaflet about Prehistoric Rock Art.
About Prehistoric Rock Art
This jewellery collection is inspired by the ancient Neolithic to early Bronze age carvings still visible today on natural rock outcrops and standing stones in the open landscape. Concave depressions or hollows, sometimes with concentric rings and other grooves were laboriously pecked into the natural rock surface with stone and later bronze tools. This style of rock art, known as Cup & Ring Art is found in specific locations along the Atlantic seaboard stretching from Scandinavia to Greece.
The Ardmore Gallan Rock Art collection is derived from the carvings on the Ardmore Gallán Standing Stone, located near Muff village in Co. Donegal. This unique standing stone overlooking the River Foyle dates from 2,500 BC. It is 2.1 metres tall and 0.9 metres in width and depth. Forty cup marks, about half of which are encircled by one, two or three rings are carved into it.