These enchanting nature talismans feature real Snowdrops which I have foraged, preserved and encapsulated in eco-resin. The resin crystals are finished with a labradorite or moonstone faceted gemstone set in an ornate satin finished, silver lace cap and a little star charm on the chain for good luck.
They are finished on a lovely quality rollo chain measuring 28 inches long.
The pendant measures 60mm from the end of the bail to the tip of the crystal and about 14mm across at the widest point.
This piece is entirely hand formed, filed and polished in my little home studio in West Cork, Ireland from fine and Sterling silver.
There are 5 crystals in this collection, you can choose exactly which one you'd like to receive, please refer to the final photo to see the options.
Crystal No. 4 is reduced due to two small scuffs on one side of the crystal near the cap. They don't detract from the pieces beauty in my personal opinion but please feel welcome to get in touch if you'd like to see a close up video of this piece before purchasing at firstname.lastname@example.org
Snowdrops in Folklore and Mythology:
Snowdrops (Galanthus Nivalis) hold a special place in the hearts of many, they truly are one of the most enchanting and elusive flowers and despite being long naturalised in the UK and Ireland they were actually introduced by the Romans. Their Latin name translates roughly as 'Milkflower of the snow' and they are also known by the folk names February Fairmaids and Candlemas Bells.
In Ireland, they're considered the flower of the Spring Goddess Bride and so are closely associated with the Celtic pagan festival of Imbolg and the eternal struggle between the crone Cailleach (who brings winter and death) and the maiden Bride (who brings us rebirth and spring). Likely due to this association snowdrops have also come to represent fertility, death, birth, renewal and hope.
Rooted in this mythology, snowdrops remind us of the strength we have to grow through adversity and to accept transience and death as a necessary part of the eternal cycle of life and rebirth.
In the Victorian language of flowers, they represent hope, purity, modesty and innocence.
An old European folktale tells that when the world was first created, the snow needed a colour of it's own and so asked the flowers of the field for help. All refused except the humble little snowdrop, and in thanks the snow has granted snowdrops protection to grow before any other flowers can emerge from hiding in Spring.