Moon and crescent pendants

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The moon has been a loyal companion or a sibling for the earth since the beginning of time. People living ages ago took a notice of the heavenly body, especially of the moon and sun. For an ancient man these have even seemed as divine creatures. Already hunter-gatherer cultures perceived the dualism of the moon, moon waxing and waning. In agricultural societies massive constructions were built to observe the sun and moon, like stone henges and passage tombs. With the … Read More

Runic inscriptions

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I finally decided to get a grip on myself and write about runic inscriptions because I so often use them in my jewellery. Once I got down to it, I realised that there was a huge amount of stuff I could write about. So, not to make this text too long it is going to be only an introduction to runic inscriptions. Since all may not be familiar with runes I’m going to start with what the runes are. After … Read More

Runic Inscriptions II – Love

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Valentine’s day is soon so I thought that I should share some love related runic inscriptions here. Some of them I have already mentioned before here on my blog. The oldest love related runic inscriptions not necessarily deal with romantic love as we understand it today. The idea of the romantic love is thought to have developed later in the Middle Ages, in the 12th century, with the troubadour culture. The purpose of the oldest, short inscriptions was magical and … Read More

Viking Jewellery Set for Apron Dress

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Last spring I purchased two dresses, one of them is a Viking style apron dress and the other one is an undergown. I’m not good at sewing so I had to order the dresses. But I wanted to make a Viking style jewellery set for the outfit myself. I didn’t want to copy any original finds but was led more by imagination and esthetics.Viking Age tortoise broochesThe very first thing I did was a wish for a Christmas present of … Read More

Chepstow Norman Castle and Medieval Sleeping Habits

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Do you know why they originally used canopies in the Middle Ages? Or where the saying “sleep tight” originates? Or why they slept in a half-sitting position and not lying down like today? Last May I got answers to these questions I even hadn’t realized to ask: I got a chance to visit Cardiff, Wales for a weekend. It is possible to do surprisingly lot of things during a long weekend, even if you suffere from a stomach flu. Among … Read More

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