Classic Mother-of-Pearl - VI


English Modernist Mother-of-Pearl Cufflinks with Isle of Man "Triskelion" Symbol (LEO Design)


Classics are forever.  Simple, handsome and timeless—these are the qualities that make a classic enduring.  Over the next several days, we'll be sharing some of the classic, Mother-of-Pearl cufflinks now in-stock at LEO Design.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.

The "triskelion" is an ancient graphic symbol showing three rotating spirals or other symmetrical appendages.  Such symbols were used by the Ancient Mycenaeans as early as 1600 BC.  Subsequently, Ancient Scandinavians created similar graphic motifs and it is possible that Norse invaders introduced the triskelion to the Celts (who adapted them to their own craft and artwork).  Ancient Celts believed that the number three was metaphysically powerful; everything important in the Universe was manifested in multiples of three.  When the Celtic countries adopted Christianity in the Fifth Century, the triskelion (and trefoil forms) came to represent the Celtic expression of The Trinity.  The early Christian art of the Celts often used triskelion forms and trefoil graphic images.  In Buddhist practice, the triskelion is sometimes used as a meditational symbol.

These English cufflinks show the "Running Triskelion"—long-time symbol of The Isle of Man.  The Isle of Man sits in the middle of the Irish Sea, equidistant between Ireland and England.  The island is a popular tourist destination, due to its rugged coastlines, old castles, beautiful geography and neolithic ruins.  The island's embrace of Ancient Celtic culture and craft adds to the destination's allure.  The annual TT Motorcycle Races are considered the most dangerous in the world—and are another source of tourist enticement.  The Isle of Man is also a popular film location.

Please click on the photo above to learn more about these interesting cufflinks.


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