- The Celtic Raven Penannular Brooch - Early Medieval type cloak pin.
- Handcrafted in Sterling Silver in the USA.
- Features a genuine gemstone of your choice.
- Approximately 1 1/2 inches.
Shown with Moonstone, garnet, and Sunstone but available with any of the stones shown in the picture.
Symbolism and Meaning of the Celtic Raven Brooch:
Able to move between worlds, the visible and invisible, life and death, Raven in Celtic lore was the messenger, magician and teacher of magic. Sacred to the bird goddess, Rhiannon, Raven represented the transformations of birth, death and regeneration. The Raven is Rhiannon's Magick Messenger.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Celtic brooch, more properly called the penannular brooch, and its closely related type, the pseudo-penannular brooch, are types of brooch clothes fasteners, often rather large. They are especially associated with the beginning of the Early Medieval period in Ireland and Britain, although they are found in other times and places—for example, forming part of traditional female dress in areas in modern North Africa.
Beginning as utilitarian fasteners in the Iron Age and Roman period, they are especially associated with the highly ornate brooches produced in precious metal for the elites of Ireland andScotland from about 700 to 900, which are popularly known as Celtic brooches or similar terms. They are the most significant objects in high-quality secular metalwork from Early Medieval Celtic art, or Insular art, as art historians prefer to call it.
In the true penannular type, the ring is not closed; there is a gap between the terminals wide enough for the pin to pass through.The penannular type is a simple and efficient way of fastening loosely woven cloth (where the pin will not leave a permanent hole), but the pseudo-penannular type is notably less efficient.