MEADOW OF THE LAPWING CIRCLE PENDANT
Usgar Bràghad Cearcall Liananan Curracag
Gorgeous, reversible circle pendant featuring original zoomorphic Celtic birds and ‘Peace to Thee’ carvings as created by the Ritchies, reimagined together into a modern and wearable annular pendant. This pendant is named for the Meadow of the Lapwing – a location found on old maps of Iona hand-drawn by the Gaelic-speaking Alexander Ritchie, in his other role as custodian of the Iona Abbey conducting tours for visitors.
When Mhairi and Maeve first came together on Iona to envisage founding the collection, Maeve was deeply inspired walking the island with Mhairi and discovering places of quieter significance than the popular destinations. The natural beauty of Iona is all around, in birdsong, wind, water, rock, crag, meadow, shore, grass and wildflower. The infinitely beautiful Gaelic descriptions and placenames of these are not often used on Iona today, as there is almost no Gaelic spoken on the island. Yet Gaelic was the epicentre of life for the Ritchies and features on many of their artworks, so it was imperative to Mhairi and Maeve to continue the work of Aosdana, bringing back the Gaelic and weaving our love of Gaelic art, culture and place into our name, logo, designs and storytelling.
It was a moment of great synchronicity when we considered what to call the brand, and suddenly realised that Mairi’s relative who we sought to honour - Ritchie apprentice Iain MacCormick - used the initials IMC on his work, which were the same initials for Ì Mo Chridhe - Iona my heart - a line often used in traditional Gaelic songs of the island, also engraved on many Ritchie jewels. We realised with joy we had connected to the unbroken line we sought, and the path ahead was clear!
This pendant is oxidised sterling silver. It measures 20mm by 5mm at the widest points, and comes on a double oxidised 0.7mm diamond cut mirror box chain to match the pendant finish, in your choice of 16” or 18” length chain. Each piece is Hallmarked Sterling Silver by the Edinburgh Assay Office in Scotland.
Please note 2023 delivery is up to 10 weeks. Please order by October 9 for guaranteed pre-Christmas delivery. Standard delivery time from January 2024 will be 3-4 weeks. Custom, enamel and carved stone items will be 5-6 weeks.
Where To Buy 'Iona My Heart'
All Iona My Heart designs are exclusively available to purchase via this website, and at www.aosdanaiona.com, or at the beautiful Aosdàna shop on Iona.
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All designs can also be made to order in Platinum or Gold - please contact us for pricing. We offer 18ct White or Yellow Fairtrade Gold, and 9ct / 18ct White, Yellow or Rose 100% Recycled Gold. Our standard silver option uses fully recycled silver recovered from electronic x-ray waste, sourced through the NHS aGain scheme.
DIAMONDS & GEMS
Designs using diamonds will be set with guaranteed G VS quality natural mined diamonds from trusted local suppliers. Coloured gemstones or laboratory-created diamonds are also available - just get in touch for pricing and options available.
Designs featuring local Iona stone are only available in Limited Editions. The stones are hand-gathered with great care and attention to sustainable island community best practice. If you visit Iona and choose your own stone, we can set it into your piece for you, making a truly unique treasure.
Due to the value of the jewellery, all orders are sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery at a cost of £7.30. We insist on using this service as it offers the fastest and most secure delivery for our customers.
Pre-Christmas 2023 delivery is 10 weeks, to allow us to ensure all our very first pieces meet the standard of excellence we require for you. Please order by October 9 for guaranteed pre-Christmas delivery. If you miss this date, please email email@example.com and we will try to accomodate you. Standard delivery time from January 2024 will be 3-4 weeks; custom, enamel and carved stone items will be 5-6 weeks.
Due to the value of the jewellery, all orders are sent by Airsure fully insured shipping at a cost of £9.05 for Europe, £10.15 for Australia & New Zealand, USA, Canada & the Rest of the World. We insist on using this service as it offers the fastest and most secure delivery for our customers.
If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, we guarantee to exchange unworn jewellery or refund your money within 14 days of receipt of your purchase. Bespoke items are non returnable except for manufacture fault.