Swallow Tattoo Oceana Cathedral Glass Earrings. Fire Opal Swarovski Bi-cone Crystals, Antiqued Brass Swallow. Sailor Jerry/ Jerry Collins Tattoo.
Swallow Tattoo Oceana Earrings. Fire Opal Swarovski Crystals, Oceana Faceted Cathedral Czech Glass, Antiqued Brass Swallow and Bronze Findings. Traditional tattoo inspired earrings.
The antiqued brass swallows are delicate and exquisitely detailed, high quality brass stampings. The Oceana/Turquoise Cathedral beads have a Picasso finish on their textured ends giving them a gorgeous vintage look. All hand wired together using antiqued bronzed wire and findings.
✩The swallow tattoo✩
The swallow tattoo was a symbol used historically by sailors to show off their sailing experience. Of British origin in the early days of sailing, it was the image of a Barn Swallow, usually tattooed on the chest, hands or neck. According to one legend, a sailor tattooed with one swallow had travelled over 5,000 nautical miles; a sailor with two swallows had travelled 10,000 nautical miles.Travelling these great distances was extremely difficult and dangerous in the early days of sailing, so one or more swallow tattoos denoted a very experienced and valuable sailor. Another legend holds that since swallows return to the same location every year to mate and nest, the swallow will guarantee the sailor returns home safely. It is also said that if the sailor drowns, the swallows will carry their soul to heaven. It is considered a staple of the "British Traditional" and "Sailor Jerry Collins" style tattooing.
The swallow also represents love, care and affection towards family and friends, showing the loyalty of the person always returning to them. The bird also represents freedom and hope.
✩Size (all measurements are approximate)✩
6.8cm from top of finding to bottom
Swallow 1.8cm long by 1.6cm from wing tip to wing tip
These earrings come with very secure lever back findings (as pictured) which are suitable for pierced ears. But can be replaced (free of charge) with:
*large kidney wires, suitable for wearing though gauged tunnels, or if you prefer a longer earring (this will add approximately 2.5cm to the overall length).
Just add a message to me on your "shopping cart/Add a note to your order" to say what sort of ear-wire/finding that you want. If you do not include a message I will assume that you want the finding as shown in the photo.
Your purchase will come gift wrapped in a lovely organza bag, acid free coloured/patterned tissue paper (colour+patterns may vary depending on season/item) and a sturdy outer packing mini corrugated cardboard box, ready to give as a loving gift to someone special or for a treat for yourself.
If you have any special requests, please ask.
✩The hand photo✩
Meet Mephisto the measuring hand, he will help show you the rough scale of the jewellery. The hand is exactly the same size as my own hand (I’m an average UK ladies size 7 glove).
If you like these earrings see my other listings for a beautiful coordinating necklace, or if none are listed message me and request a custom design.