It is one of the most enduring love stories in Western literature, that of Tristan and Isolde. Set in the time of Arthur's Britain, Isolde is the daughter of the Queen of Tara, sent to Cornwall to marry its King, but falls in love with his nephew Tristan instead. The story was the basis of countless romances during the Medieval times, as well as Wagner's magnificent opera "Tristan Und Isolde."
Isolde might have brought a necklace like this with her from Tara, as only an Irish princess would have worn this very special marble. Rare and lovely Connemara marble is found only in the west of Ireland, and is also known as the Irish national gemstone. It is becoming increasingly expensive and hard to find. The soft misty green beads are always hand-drilled, and the color always reminds me of the green moss over weathered stone that I saw on ancient structures throughout the British Isles.
The necklace features a splendid Celtic connector, in lead-free pewter. The cost of sterling silver has risen so astonishingly in recent years that a sterling silver version would be the entire cost of the necklace! I am now using lead-free pewter elements to keep my Celtic items more affordable.
The connector is accented with a heart-shaped drop bead of Connemara marble, worked in a sterling silver pin. The sides are 6mm. Connemara marble rice-shaped beads, worked in sterling silver-filled wire to sterling silver-filled cable chain. The necklace closes with a sterling silver-filled lobster clasp and measures 19" long. I can shorten this at no charge.
Perfect for Renaissance or Celtic Faires, this is also a distinctly Irish Medieval necklace for everyday wear. Wear it with the matching Connemara marble heart bracelet and earrings with a simple long dress and feel like one of the most legendary heroines of European romance!
All metals are sterling silver and sterling silver-filled, except the center connector which is lead-free pewter, and all Connemara marble is genuine.
The painting is "Tristan and Isolde and the Potion" by the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Waterhouse. In the legend, Isolde's mother, Queen of Tara and a famed enchantress, gives Isolde a magic potion to share with her betrothed King so they will love each other forever. Falling in love with Tristan on the voyage from Ireland to Britain, Isolde shares the potion with him instead. Their story ends in tragedy but has endured for 1500 years.
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