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Based on ancient Irish letters
Many pieces of Irish jewelry incorporate the Ogham alphabet, the linear script thats said to be the oldest form of writing in Ireland. The Ogham symbols were carved on stones and correspond to the modern alphabet, according to Ogham Design.
Some believe Ogham writing was used by followers of Danu, the goddess of an ancient Irish people, according to Lee Bros., which produces a line named danu. These goddess worshippers believed trees had magical powers: the oak to give protection, for example. Each Ogham symbol relates to a different tree.
The danu collection, created by Irish designer Breda Haugh, features three of the Ogham letters, including the D symbol shown here. The letter D corresponds with the oak tree, and its believed that as a result, doors were traditionally made from oak to provide protection for families.
Ogham Design, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland; (353-1) 276-5133, www.oghamdesign.ie.
danu collection, Lee Brothers, Dublin, Ireland; (353-1) 862-1314, www.lee-brothers.com.
by Peggy Jo Donahue