Blackberry ~Smeara Dubh
Alternative names: Bramble, Briar, Blessed Bramble, Brambleberry, Blackas
Planet: Venus Zodiac: Aries
Language of Flowers & Symbolism: Healing, beauty, love, protection, resilience
It could well be argued that Blackberries are the quintessential symbol of those last sweet days of childhood summer, when the sunlight was always impossibly golden and each day became pregnant with time and all the more sacred, as we prepared ourselves for a new cycle of schoolbooks and alarm clocks.
In Ireland it's said Blackberries must not be eaten after October 31st (The Feast of Samhain) as on that night the Púka rides around the country spitting on them. Crawling through a bramble arch was said to grant one luck at cards while a bramble wreath hung above the door was said to keep out evil spirits. My favourite Blackberry story tells that kittens born in September (known as Blackberry kittens) are particularly naughty and troublesome to rear.
This sweet little Bramble was cast from a real blackberry from my garden here in West Cork in the South of Ireland, immortalised in Sterling silver to last a lifetime.
After creating a mold and silver clay replica of the original blackberry by hand, I use a professional casting company to create the most wonderfully detailed casts of my original sculpture. I then solder, sand, polish and finish the casts entirely by hand in my home studio.
Once finished the piece is sent to be professionally plated in 18k gold vermeil. Gold vermeil is similar to gold plating but better quality as the gold layer is much thicker and does onto a Sterling silver foundation rather than a base metal like brass.
This pendant hangs on a 14k gold filled chain in a choice of 16, 18 or 20 inches long.
You can find the Sterling silver version of this piece here.
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.