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Friend - Caraid
Caraid is the Scottish Gaelic word for friend. Caraid, written
in the ancient Ogham alphabet, is carefully hand cut (pierced through
the metal) these pendants. The front of these pendants are polished
to a high shine and the backs have a brushed texture so even if
you cannot read Ogham or Gaelic you will always know which is the
front. The base metal pendants are sealed with bees wax after polishing
and will gain a natural patina over time unique to its wearer. The
pendants hang from an adjustable black cotton cord that can be replaced
with a jump ring upon request. This necklace comes with an information sheet about the Ogham alphabet and what the pendant says.
||1.477" x 0.52"
Red Brass, Nickel, Copper, or Stainless Steel
Individual pricing for metal choices is in the drop down
|| Smooth Polish or Hammered
|| Adjustable from 14"
up to 29"
||Red Brass: 85% copper,
||Copper: 99.9% copper
||Nickel: 65% copper,
18% nickel, 17% zinc
Chrome 15.5%-17.5%, Nickel 3%-5%, Carbon 0.07% MAX, Manganese
1% MAX, Silicon 1% MAX, Copper 3%-5%
The Ogham Alphabet:
Sometimes referred to as the "Celtic Tree Alphabet", Ogham
was used between the 4th and 7th centuries AD in Ireland, Scotland,
Wales, and England. The initial alphabet consisted of 20 characters
with a few more complex characters being added later. The letters
were formed by combinations of short lines on and at either side
of a middle line called a "flesc". With a vertical flesc
words are read from bottom to top.
Although surviving traces of Ogham were inscribed on stone it was
probably more commonly inscribed on sticks, stakes, and trees to
mark boundaries. There is also evidence from early Irish sagas and
legends that indicates Ogham was used for short inscriptions on
wood or metal used to relay messages (some cryptic in nature or
for magical purposes) or to denote ownership of the object. There
is also evidence that suggests that Ogham may have been used to
keep genealogy records, numerical tallies of property, and business
Of the 400-500 remaining inscriptions a handful have been found
featuring Ogham along with the Latin alphabet, most of the inscriptions
are in an archaic form of Gaelic and Pictish.
Each Caraid pendant is individually hand
cut, please allow for variation in individual pieces.
After being cut and polished
the base metal pendants are coated in bees wax to protect their
finish. As they age they will gain a natural patina that is individual
to the piece and how it is worn.
Cleaning: Pendants can be cleaned with a soft polishing cloth.
If needed the leather cord can be removed and the pendants washed
with a mild non-abrasive soap and water.
Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery depending upon availability
of this design.