Dragonboat - Pendant
This Viking pendant with its Nordic dragonboat grants shelter on all your journeys.
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With their unique longboats and superior weapons the Vikings in former times earned their fearless reputation for conquest and even today our weekdays are named after Nordic gods and goddesses.The civilization of the Vikings reached its height in Northern Europe from 700 to 1000 A.D. where the rough Scandinavian homelands of the Vikings very often generated ferocious people, who wanted to discover and conquer the world.
Although courage and loyalty were the most respected character attributes of a Viking, our Nordic ancestors also worshiped humor and the romantic complications of a great love. Most of our knowledge about the Vikings comes from Icelandic poetry. These so-called Eddas were written by gifted and highly honored poets - the Skalds - and told mythic tales which contained words of advice, prophecies and detailed family trees. Many stories are about the mighty one-eyed god Odin, living in Asgard in his big Hall Vallhalla, where dead heroes received their rewards in form of endless feasts and banquets.
The males of the Vikings wore bangles and pendants and their wives - who had a high position in their society and could even get a divorce from their husbands, if they didn't satisfy them - favored brooches, pendants and decorative fibulas. Viking artists and craftsmen worked with gold, copper, silver and brass and created a very special design were metal strands were intertwined and interweaved with animal-like figures.
Because of the big amounts of archaeological findings in treasure troves of the Viking age we today know a lot about the motifs of these people, which have also inspired this pendant: The Vikings buried vast amounts of jewelry and silver objects with their dead, because they believed that these things were very useful in the life after death in Valhalla.
Dragonboat: Sea voyages were very dangerous and therefore the Vikings used the magic power of the dragon symbol to find luck and shelter whenever they left their local harbor. Just like the shield of a warrior protects him against human enemies the head of a dragonboat should guard the seafaring Vikings - the dragon head therefore was a very important magic protection, which fended off supernatural dangers.
This jewelry is also available in copper, silver and gold
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This jewelry belongs to the jewelry line up "Trove of Valhalla".
Trove of Valhalla
This jewelry is part of the jewelry line up "Trove of Valhalla" - you can also download this line up as a printable catalogue if you want to order by fax or mail:
A main focus of our jewelry collections are magic symbols which are made according to historical artwork. Although a lot of people (like us) appreciate the beauty of the different designs and used materials, only few think about the deeper symbolism of these pieces of jewelry. In our modern world we see so a many different beautiful and decorative items that we usually only enjoy their beauty without considering the deeper meaning or the origin of the used motives and without knowing for what reason these items were formerly used. In our online shop we want to give answers to these questions by offering accurate background knowledge and additional information about every piece of jewelry in our collection.
Since the beginning of mankind jewelry served several different purposes. Already before the invention of money it was for example used as a kind of currency, as a status symbol or as a valuable asset that even could be passed on to future generations. Many pieces of jewelry also had a functional purpose like it is the case with fastenings for clothes, safety pins and belt buckles. However, at a more spiritual level the jewelry also had a symbolic meaning, showed the affiliation to and the status in a social group, and was worn for the protection from evil or simply to show one's own taste.
On account of these many different purposes the meaning of single pieces of jewelry can be very different and depends on the belief and the point of view of the respective manufacturer. In some cultures, e.g., bracelets were used as wedding jewelry, like the wedding rings of today, in other societies necklaces served the same purpose. The symbolic meaning of a piece of jewelry often cannot only be found in the piece itself, but also in its decorations or the used materials. In some cultures it is usual to give pieces of jewelry as a gift at certain important times in life which should emphasize the symbolic meaning of these events with the help of their decorations. These pieces were then often worn as amulets or talismans and were believed to protect and support its wearer during this new situation in life.
Besides the various symbols and designs different cultures use for their pieces of jewelry also a variety of materials are deployed in jewelry production. At the beginning of mankind primarily pearls made of wood and bones and shells were crafted to pendants, since these rather soft materials could easily be processed and were readily available. Later on especially precious metals like gold and silver and various gems were used for valuable jewelry. Today the selection of materials available for the production of jewelry is especially large and various.
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