Solid Sterling Silver Brooch of a wreath of mistletoe leaves and berries. Brooch has loop in the back to be worn as a pin or pendant.
Unique and creative, mistletoe has been utilized for more than 1500 years for luck, love and good health.
The mistletoe is a common Nordic and Celtic symbols for life, fertility, and immortality of the soul. The ancient Celts believed mistletoe to have healing powers and many people wear mistletoe jewelry to represent continued good health!
An Original Celtic Tradition
For the Irish Celts, the green-leafed and white-berried plant was a key fertility symbol and it was particularly revered for its healing powers. Because mistletoe grows on tree branches without being connected to the earth, Celtic peoples believed that the plant was an earthly manifestation of Taranus, the sun or thunder god.
Trees that hosted the plant on their branches were believed to have been blessed and were held as sacred because the Celtic peoples worshipped the sun as a central focus of their spiritual practice. The belief was that the plant would absorb the host tree’s essence.
For these ancient peoples, finding the shrub growing on an oak, their most revered and holy tree, was of particular significance. In this situation, it was harvested in accordance with complex and lengthy ceremonies. Its leaves and berries were used to provide symbolic protection from evil, and to strengthen the body against ill humours.
This unique necklace makes an elegant gift, the classic wreath design of this necklace uses simple and graceful lines cast in solid sterling silver to last a lifetime. Pass this beautiful necklace on from generation to generation.
1 1/4" x 3/4" brooch in solid sterling silver with loop in the back to be worn as a pendant. Hallmarked 925.