Monday, July 19, 2010


The Cathedral of Saint Colman is a 19th century structure located in Cobh, Ireland.

Known for its striking gothic architecture, the ecclesiastical building took 47 years to construct and is considered one of the country's most expensive cathedrals.

Ireland is also home to featured jewelry designer Elena Brennan.

The National Museum of Ireland houses ancient pieces of Celtic jewelry that includes torques, bangles, and brooches reflecting the renowned style's stunning artistry.

The beautiful, entwined strands of silver or gold develop into complex designs of spirals, animal motifs, or crosses.

In the same manner as Native American jewelry, the lyrical spirituality of Celtic jewelry profoundly resonates with me. Within its ethereal, delicate proportions lie messages of love and friendship, beauty, and grace.

Brennan, a graduate of Belfast's University of Ulster, draws inspiration "from my Celtic forbearers who have left me in awe of their amazing skills and designs."

A nearly twenty-year veteran, Brennan's poetic, and romantic renderings, such as the angel wings and swan pendants from The Children of Lir Collection, are beautifully unique cultivated from sterling silver, and yellow and white gold.

Her pieces, while delicate and buoyant are more organic in style than traditional Celtic jewelry. The cutout metalwork of her asymmetrical Gossamer Ring is exquisitely crafted. It brings to mind a broken crown left within the midst of a forgotten kingdom.

The trained sculptor also devotes a collection--the Seascapes Collection--to the beauty and expanse of shifting sands.

Her lace-like and free form creations, sprinkled with topaz, garnet, or amethyst, are great minimalist pieces offset by great design quality.
Photo 1 (top right): Sterling Silver Gossamer Ring
Photo 2 (center): Sterling Silver Folded Angel Wings Pendant
Photo 3 (bottom left): Sterling Silver Children of Lir Ring
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