Our Celtic Swirl Necklace is inspired by Newgrange which is a Stone Age (Neolithic) monument in Boyne Valley, County Meath. This jewel in the crown of Ireland’s Ancient East was constructed about 5,200 years ago (3,200 B.C.). This makes it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza.
Newgrange is a circular mound 85m (279ft) in diameter and 13m (43ft) high with a 19m (63ft) stone passageway and chambers inside. The mound is ringed by 97 large kerbstones, some of which are engraved with symbols called megalithic art. We have taken our inspiration for our Celtic Swirl necklace from these very symbols.
Archaeologists classified Newgrange as a passage tomb but we now know Newgrange is much more than a passage tomb. “Ancient Temple” is a more fitting classification. A place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance. As present day cathedrals are places of prestige and worship where dignitaries may be laid to rest.
Winter Solstice …
Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage at Newgrange there is a opening called a roof-box. This baffling orifice held a great surprise for those who unearthed it. It’s purpose is to allow sunlight to penetrate the chamber on the shortest days of the year, around December 21st – the winter solstice. At dawn from December 19th to 23rd, a narrow beam of light penetrates the roof-box and reaches the floor of the chamber, gradually extending to the rear of the chamber.
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