This sweetly simple plant talisman was made with a real Birch leaf from a young tree in my garden. The piece is made by first creating a soft mold of the fresh buds, which I can then use to cast in fine silver clay. Once cured I fire the clay with a jewellers torch to create a solid Sterling silver medallion. This is then filed, patinaed and polished by hand before finishing with a chain. All steps of the process are done entirely by hand here in my home studio in West Cork, Ireland.
The Birch (Beithe in Irish) tree was revered by the Irish druids as a tree of purification and protection. It was often burnt in bonfires at Bealtaine for it's tarry sap and associations with fertility and renewal and again at Samhain (the Celtic New year) to drive out evil spirits and to bring luck for the year ahead. Birch has strong associations across Ireland Europe with Spring and the Goddess Eostre and so symbolizes growth, fertility, rebirth and new beginnings.
As these pieces are woven from soft clay and so have a lovely organic, textured finish that comes when pieces are sculpted by hand so please don't expect perfect symmetry, they're as perfectly imperfect as nature tends to be.
You can view the rest of the pendants in this collection here: https://rubyrobinboutique.com/collections/forest-medallions
Your piece will come packaged safely in one of my beautiful signature gift boxes complete with a thank you card that explains the heritage of the piece and a care instruction card. If you'd like me to include a hand-written note on your behalf, just leave a note in the 'message to seller' box at checkout.