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Ogham Jewelry

Ogham Jewelry

Ogham jewelry is inspired by Irelands oldest form of writing which is found inscribed on standing stones around the country of Ireland. These ancient monoliths were engraved with important messages for the Celts and we enjoy designing and making pendants and necklaces featuring symbols with cherished words such as ‘Hope’, ‘Family’, ‘Love’, ‘Wisdom’, all as modern talisman crafted in silver and gold.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Ogham jewelry?

    Ogham is a unique jewelry featuring the Ogham script of the Celtic civilization. Its designs are based on the intricate patterns of Celtic ornaments and are inscribed with words like ‘Family’, ‘Faith’, ‘Love’ etc. Ogham is a special script that was meant only for inscriptions. Its simple markings and geometric appearance make it a great option for pendants and earrings. You can find options in gold and silver

  • What do Ogham stones say?

    Ogham stones are inscribed with a variety of words. All words carry special meanings that were important to the values of the ancient Celts. You may find words like ‘Family’, ‘Strength’, ‘Faith’, ‘Wisdom’ and ‘Love’. The Ogham script carries a neat and geometric look, perfect for modern-looking jewelry rooted in history and culture. The words in Ogham jewelry are meaningful and profound and showcase spirituality and devotion.

  • Is Ogham Jewelry Irish or Scotish?

    Ogham is an ancient Irish script. It is one of the oldest writing systems in Ireland, present way before the Book of Kells and other literary masterpieces. While archaeological remains of Ogham have been found in Wales and Scotland and well , it is well accepted that Ogham was an Irish alphabet system. It was developed by the Celts and is representative of their culture and reverence to the nature.

  • Where do you deliver to?

    We ship our Ogham jewelry all over Canada and the United States, Australia and Europe, including Ireland. At just $80, we have also extended our delivery to the rest of the world. Ogham jewelry can be delivered all over the world at minimal costs. You can easily choose the options at checkout. We offer free shipping via USPS and AN Post which takes about 14 days. Paid shipping via FedEx ($20 in USA and Canada) takes 2-4 days. You are notified about shipping costs for different locations when you add products to your cart.

  • How Long does delivery take?

    The delivery time is dependent on the availability of your order. We usually dispatch your Ogham jewelry orders within 2 working days after your confirmation. Shipping is done five days a week. Delivery time depends on location and the service used. Free delivery via USPS takes 12-14 days while paid delivery via FedEx takes 3-4 days. In Australia and New Zealand, delivery can take up to 21 days. Your Ogham jewelry will reach you on time and in pristine condition.

  • Where are your products made?

    Our Ogham jewelry is made in Ireland. This process helps us to support the local artists and ensure safe and protected working conditions. We are registered with the Assay Office of Ireland. We have been given the Hallmark of Ireland and the Mark of Fineness. Your Ogham jewelry is manufactured and hallmarked in Ireland. The earrings or necklaces you order will be in pristine condition – with guaranteed beauty and quality. It reaches you only after meticulous inspection and examination.

  • Ogham Jewelry Necklaces, Ancient Stones with a Message;

    Irish ogham is an ancient form of Irish writing that usually appears inscribed on stones. This simple form of writing engraved lines at various angels and is carved into corners of standing stones. These standing stones were also used by early Celts as way marks for travelers for sign posts, boundary markers for territory marking by clans as well as other uses.

    These unisex designs come in a choice of 14K yellow gold as well as sterling silver with a rhodium plate to ensure a bright and long shine. Each pendant depicts a Celtic symbol as well as an old Irish word with deep meaning engraved in ogham jewellery script.

    Hundreds of standing stones around Ireland bear distinctive carvings of vertical lines crossed by series of slash marks. County Cork is home to the most of these amazing pieces. Some have been found in Wales, Scotland, Cornwall and the Isle of Mann too. This is ogham, an ancient Celtic writing
    system. Long before Ireland’s literary heritage was created, before monks penned the beautiful Book of Kells, we had ogham. Ireland’s oldest form of writing dates back to the third or fourth century AD and it thrived until the seventh century.

    Some experts believe it did not evolve organically but was created and devised as alternative the Latin script that was in use at the time. We don’t know why, although it could have been out of a desire for a separate, distinct Irish written language or it might have even been an effort to make it so outsiders could not read it. Other researchers believe it actually is rooted in Latin.

    What Is Ogham Writing?

    The ogham necklace alphabet originally had 20 characters but five more added later along with various marks that are similar to punctuation. Horizontal and angled marks made on one or both sides of a vertical line form the letters. For example, the letter D is two flat slashes on the right of the central line. M is a single slash that crosses the central line at an angle. Ogham jewellery Ireland is read from the bottom up. Most often, the characters are carved on a corner of the stone.

    Each of the ogham letters is named for a plant, a reminder of the reverence and respect the ancient Irish had for the natural world. D is oak, and the Irish word for oak is daire. M is called muinne, the old Irish word for a type of vine. The word ogham comes from the name of the pre-Christian Celtic
    god of eloquence, Ogma.

    How the Ancient Irish Used Ogham

    Ogham wasn’t initially used to write letters, poetry or the like on parchment. It began as a script to be carved on stone or wood. Approximately 400 of these standing stones have survived, with the bulk of them in County Cork, in Ireland’s Munster province. But what was their purpose?

    For the most part, they are written names. Scholars believe they could have served as memorials to dead royalty, bards or warriors or as boundary markers indicating who controlled the land where they stand. Both theories could be correct; they are not mutually exclusive. Most of the stones that have been decoded reveal an individual’s lineage, similar to the Bible passages that list ancestors.

    Today, the best place to see ogham stones is at University College Cork. There, they line a hallway known as the Stone Corridor. Ogham has also become popular on Irish ogham necklaces. It can spell out a name, making it a very sentimental gift for a baby, a parent or a partner.

    All designs are designed and made in Ireland as well as hallmarked in the Irish Assay Office which is based in Dublin Castle, Ireland and is a sign of quality and purity.

    Price includes Free Shipping to North America & all taxes & duties paid.

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