Marigold Maze Studs

Marigold Maze Earrings

Metal: Sterling silver or 18ct yellow gold

Size: 18 x 9.5mm

Ref: mari-maze-studs

£45£250

Description

Earring Details

These earrings are made in sterling silver or 18ct yellow gold,  with posts and butterfly backs.  On each stud earring the narrower arc is textured.  The wider arc is polished and deeply engraved with a pattern derived from the south face of the Marigold stone. Each pair of earrings is packaged in its branded Faller box which also contains our Marigold descriptive leaflet.

About the Marigold Stone

In the past (c.500-1200) Carndonagh was a monastic centre of learning due to its links with St Patrick and St Columba. It was a place of pilgrimage, particularly celebrated on the feast days of the saints. Seeking spirituality through fasting, penance and prayer, the pilgrims would follow a prescribed route. Pillar stones and crosses were made to mark the significant points on these routes and the Marigold Stone is one example.

The Marigold Stone is named after this seven petalled motif 1. with a long stem or handle. It is thought to depict the Cuilebaidh, a relic of Saint Colmcille which is believed to have been a flabellum (a liturgical fan used in warm climates to keep flies away from the alter). The Greek key patterned stem ends in two loops imitating leather thongs for hanging up the fan when not in use. Two figures are dressed in knee-length robes. The figure 2. holding a drop headed staff or crozier and carrying a satchel on the right has been identified as a pilgrim. The figure on the left holds what may be a tau crozier with a vertical slot carved above the pointed foot. In the old Irish Annals, the expression “he took the staff ” was used to describe someone on a pilgrimage. This cross of arcs 3. which forms a Maltese cross in recess appears in carvings on many pilgrimage sites throughout Ireland. This unusual domed projection 5. forms the top of the enlarged head of Christ. Early Irish representations of crucifixion focused on Christ’s triumph rather than his suffering and as clearly seen here Christ is depicted with open eyes and a broad smile. Two figures 6. whose robes are emblazoned with a cross possibly depict ecclesiastical figures or saints. The Eastern Mediterranean influence is apparent in the many Greek key or maze patterns 4. 8. .Various crosses and motifs also feature Celtic interlace 7. 9.

Additional information

Metal

Silver, 18ct Yellow Gold

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