This intricate Salmon of Knowledge necklace is in Sterling silver. A perfect gift for a recent graduate, someone embarking on a college education, anyone working in education or the family historian in your life! Solid Sterling Silver on an 18" chain.
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*****The Celtic Myth of the Salmon of Knowledge
Long ago in Ireland there lived a boy called Fionn McCumhaill. He had such a desire for knowledge that his mother sent him to study with a wise man called Finnegas. Finnegas lived by a river in which there swam a mystical fish, a salmon that was said to contain all the knowledge of the world. Finally one day when they were studying by the river Fionn and Finnegas saw the salmon, with its golden scales shimmering in the light, swim down the river. They caught him and Finnegas instructed Fionn to cook the salmon, but he was not to taste it as only the first person to taste the fish would inherit its knowledge.
As the fish cooked a blister rose on its side from the fire, and without thinking Fionn reached out to press it down with his finger. The hot flesh burned his thumb, which he put in his mouth to cool, and at that moment he inherited all the wisdom in the world from the salmon.
Fionn McCumhaill went on to be a great Irish hero, leading the legendary Fianna in their adventures across Ireland.
In the Celtic calendar, the spirit animal for August 5-September 1 is the fish - this would make a perfect gift for someone whose birthday falls within those dates.
*****History of Celtic Knot Work
The use of knot work design is a practice that began early in human history. In the third and fourth century AD knot work designs were used in floor mosaics in the Roman Empire. Celtic knot designs developed from braid work, which was an unbroken, woven cord design used in many cultures.
The true unbroken and interconnected knot work that is characteristic of Celtic knot designs began around the 7th century in northern Italy and southern France. The style that would eventually become the Celtic knot design was then spread to Ireland and England.
This type of knot work design is most often associated with the Celtic people. As a whole, Celtic knot designs have become a symbol of cultural pride for those with Welsh, Irish or Scottish heritage.
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This item comes with a sterling silver chain as described. However, if you require a longer or shorter chain size or desire a different chain style, please contact me. Chain sizes are 16", 18", 20", 22" and 24" - all solid sterling silver AT NO EXTRA CHARGE. Any pendant can also be put onto a 30" black leather cord that can be worn long or doubled up as a choker.
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