WONDERS OF COLUMBA IONA GREENSTONE TORC NECKLACE
Torc Bràghad Clach Uaine Ìdhe Feartan Chaluim Chille
Breathtaking modern Celtic-inspired Torc necklace, telling the story of all the Wonders of Columba - the cycle of life itself.
Beginning with the Acanthus patterns found on Iona Celtic high crosses and beloved by the Ritchies, the necklace depicts the stone plants growing back to life at the end of Maeve’s pencil, winding around the historic Celtic torc shape, morphing into waves of the sea, then becoming feathers and wings of waterbirds, whose heads fly over two chain drops - ending with a silver fish and a golden sun - holding two teardrops of Iona greenstone. This stone is long said to give safe passage over water, shaped like teardrops for the legend of the white horse of Iona that shed tears when embraced by St Columba on the night he ascended to heaven.
In Celtic mythology, these waterbirds represent the place between earth and another world, beyond our here and now. Iona itself is long considered the island that will remain above the sea when others do not.
When creating the first Ì Mo Chridhe designs, Maeve discovered a beautiful little quaich in an antique shop on the Scottish mainland, which was hand-engraved and signed by Mhairi’s relative, the Ritchies’ apprentice Iain MacCormick, featuring two sets of Celtic interlaced waterbirds. Maeve brought the quaich back to Iona for Mhairi, and ‘Iain’s birds’ immediately flew onto Maeve’s sketchbook pages - arising as this torc, pendant and earrings, as if drawing themselves - reconnecting to the unbroken line of Celtic art of Iona.
The stories of St Columba’s life on Iona live on in St Adomnan’s Life of Columba, written by the ninth Abbot of the Iona Monastery in the century after St Columba’s time. The resonance of these saintly miracles continue to shine bright today, drawing pilgrims and visitors to Iona from all over the world.
This necklace is oxidised sterling silver set with green Iona serpentine stones. The circlet around the neck is 14” long with 2 x (1.5cm) extenders, to allow up to 17” total length, joined with a S-shaped hook clasp. The flexible circlet is made up of 7 individual curved bars, connected with jump rings. The two chain drops are made from 3cm and 4cm of (1.4mm) belcher chain. Each drop has a single sterling silver top holding a 12mm x 6mm teardrop-shaped hand-carved Iona stone. 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.