Hand carved from a windblown Oak branch, these strikingly patterned pendants are combined with a glittering sterling silver (925) diamond cut curb chain to present a natural looking piece of jewellery. They would make a fantastic gift for nature lovers, those with a special connection to trees or just to add a little something unusual to your jewellery collection.
The heart shape is fully 3D and I try as much as possible to achieve a different pattern on each side. This can be striking or subtle, depending on the wood and often means the pendant is reversible, giving you more freedom of choice.
No machines were used in the manufacture of the pendant and it is finished with several coats of resin to give a tough, durable, water resistant coating with a high gloss.
Oak (Gaelic: Darach) is one of the most iconic of British trees, it has a wide range of uses in construction as well as providing the wood for the barrels of the whisky industry. Historically it was used in ship building from as far back as Viking times through to about the 19th century.
There are many beliefs surrounding Oak in folklore. It was worshipped by the Druids in their sacred groves and revered for its wisdom, strength and the phallic attributes of its acorns. Acorns were thought to prevent aging if carried in the pockets. If a nail was driven into the tree’s trunk it was thought to cure toothache and it offered protection from lightning strikes. In other pagan cultures Oak was associated with Zeus and Thor, powerful Gods of storms and lightening.
Each piece comes in a matt black presentation box with a leaflet explaining a little of the history, uses and folklore surrounding the wood.
Due to the natural variability of wood and because each pendant is hand made, every item The Conker Tree produces is completely unique. Please note that the grain pattern on the piece you receive may be different to the photos.
If you can’t find an item in the shop made from a wood that you have a particular connection with, or there is something you would like made, please feel free to contact me and I’m sure I can sort something out for you.