In my readings prior to taking the trip, I viewed pages and pages of artefacts of Celtic & Early Christian Ireland so I made it a point to set aside a major portion of our last day in Dublin to visit the National Museum and see the exhibitions that show the types of art, personal decoration and weaponry from fifteen centuries of Irish artistic achievement. I saw examples of early life implements such as food vessels, urns, and cauldrons but was most attracted to the Bronze Age gold works. I smiled at the obvious artistic influences that continue to present day: beaded necklaces, gold jewelry with geometric patterns and hoop earrings. Goes to show that as much that changes stay the same.
I reflected on how our own Hawaiian Heirloom jewelry's history dates back to England during the Victorian Era, when Queen Kapiolani and Princess Liliuokalani attended Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1887. At the Jubilee they were presented with precious solid gold bracelets, with their names cut out in Old English lettering filled with black enamel. The Queen and the Princess were so enraptured with their unique gifts that they had similar bracelets made for other Royal members upon their return to
Hawai'i thus creating a legacy that lives on today.
It would stand to reason that even the recent “Victorian Era” designs were influenced by ancient jewelry such as the pieces I saw today.