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This is a Triquetra, finished in summer colours of verdant green.
The design features a pentagram with a triquetra either side, and draped with deep green leaves and emerald green crystal.
But ... a Pentagram? Yes, and there is much rich history to it. The earliest known use of the pentagram dates back to around the Uruk period around 3500BC at Ur of the Chaldees in Ancient Mesopotamia where it was found on potsherds together with other
signs of the period associated with the earliest known evelopments of written language. In later periods of Mesopotamian art, the pentagram was used in royal inscriptions and was symbolic of imperial power extending out to "the four corners of the world".
Early Christians attributed the pentagram to the Five Wounds of Christ and from then until medieval times, it was a lesser-used Christian symbol. Prior to the time of the Inquisition, there were no 'evil' associations to the pentagram. Rather its form implied Truth, religious mysticism and the work of The Creator.
The pentagram today is associated with the four earthly elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, surmounted by Spirit, which is represented by the topmost point of the star, and is symbolic of Deity the Divine, and the All that Is.
The Circle around the star represents sacred space, in which the spirit (the fifth element and topmost point of the star) controls the four earthly elements.
It is today still an ancient symbol of protection.
The Triquetra either side of the Pentagram is a symbol that has also been used by many differing religions. To early Christians, the triquetra symbolized the Trinity, being found in artwork on early Christian High Crosses and slabs. The triquetra though is often used artistically as a design element when Celtic knotwork is used, especially in association with the modern Celtic Nations. The triquetra, also known as a "trinity knot", is often found as a design element is popular Irish jewelry such as claddaghs and other wedding or engagement rings.
Come in and make this beautiful piece yours, and marvel at the rich history behind the simple design.