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14K Gents Narrow White Gold Newgrange Solstice Band with Yellow Double Spiral Center

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14K Gents Narrow White Gold Newgrange Solstice Band with Yellow Double Spiral Center
The Newgrange spiral is based on the intricate spiral designs, which can be found on the famous entrance stone to the passage tomb which is without doubt Ireland's best-known prehistoric monument.

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Newgrange is without doubt Ireland's best-known prehistoric monument, dating to around 3200 BC. It is thought to be 1,000 years older than Stonehenge and centuries older than the great pyramids of Egypt. Archaeologists classified Newgrange as a passage tomb, however Newgrange is now recognized to be much more than a passage tomb. Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance, much as present day cathedrals are places of prestige and worship where dignitaries may be laid to rest.

Newgrange is a large kidney shaped mound covering an area of over one acre, retained at the base by 97 kerbstones, some of which are richly decorated with megalithic art. The 19 meter long inner passage leads to a cruciform chamber with a corbelled roof. The amount of time and labour invested in construction of Newgrange suggests a well-organized society with specialized groups responsible for different aspects of construction.

Winter Solstice

Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage at Newgrange there is a opening called a roof-box. This baffling orifice held a great surprise for those who unearthed it. Its purpose is to allow sunlight to penetrate the chamber on the shortest days of the year, around December 21, the winter solstice. At dawn, from December 19th to 23rd, a narrow beam of light penetrates the roof-box and reaches the floor of the chamber, gradually extending to the rear of the chamber. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens within the chamber so that the whole room becomes dramatically illuminated. This event lasts for 17 minutes, beginning around 9am. The accuracy of Newgrange as a time-telling device is remarkable when one considers that it was built 500 years before the Great Pyramids and more than 1,000 years before Stonehenge. The intent of its builders was undoubtedly to mark the beginning of the new year.

In addition, it may have served as a powerful symbol of the victory of life over death. Each year the winter solstice event attracts much attention at Newgrange. Many gather at the ancient tomb to wait for dawn, as people did 5,000 years ago. So great is the demand to be one of the few inside the chamber during the solstice that there is a free annual lottery. Unfortunately, as with many Irish events that depend upon sunshine, if the skies are overcast, there is not much to be seen. Yet all agree that it is an extraordinary feeling to wait in the darkness, as people did so long ago, for the longest night of the year to end.

The Ogham Newgrange Solstice Collection is based on the intricate spiral designs, which can be found on the famous entrance stone to the passage tomb. Although a design that is 5,000 years old, the fluid lines of the Ogham Newgrange Solstice Collection are just as beautiful and wearable in the 21st Century.

Jewelry featured on our website is manufactured in Ireland by hand and assayed and hallmarked by the Assay Office at Dublin Castle. You can be assured of a stunning, quality product which will be admired by all!

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SKU R923-14
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