Materials: Sterling silver, malachite, leather cord.
Size can vary slightly on the pendants depending on how the stone was cut, all sizes are diameter of the piece, except for the oblong shapes which are measured by height.
This stunning pendant is a sized-down replica of one of the original Visby lenses used in Viking Gotland around 1000 years ago. It comes on a leather cord embellished with two traditionally crafted glass beads. Please note the sterling silver chain is not included if you wish to add the chain it will be 60$ extra, please feel free to message us about getting the chain added to your order.
Discovered in Fröjel (Gotland, Sweden) the purpose of these crystals is unknown. Speculations range from help with vision, to navigation, sky viewing, and even starting fires or divination.
What we do know is that optically, the largest of these crystals are comparable to modern aspheric lenses! So some of them were definitely used for some type of optical purpose - perhaps even in early telescopes.
Despite their original uses, no one can deny their elegant and captivating beauty!
Please feel free to message me with any questions you may have!
This was made in affiliation with Viking Kristall.
More about Gotland:
Currently the largest island of Sweden, Gotland in the Viking Age was a massive and independently run trading hub. Over 700 Viking hoards have been found on the island, and archaeologists have identified more than 50 coastal Viking settlements there!
Gotland existed between Baltic trading ports and mainland Sweden, so naturally many of the artifacts and treasures exist from trading voyages to the east.
Treasures found include glass, amber, iron, carnelian, beeswax, furs, garnet, antler, and rock crystal that was used to craft the famous Visby Gotland crystal balls.
Carved runestones can be visited in Gotland as well, erected in the Viking Age with splendid artwork and runic inscriptions.
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Fun little fact about us we always wrap up everything we sell like a present so it always feels like your getting a gift in the mail and get to enjoy tearing open the paper and anticipation to see how awesome your new item is.
If you are looking for a custom order just message me so we can figure out details!
If your leather is feeling a little dry and stiff one of the best products you can ever apply is mink oil paste or "leather fat", a light coating will soften, protect and even help repel water
If you are looking to buy wholesale i start discounts at 25 items i also help with viking weddings and would be happy to work with you on what ever your looking for.