The Orkney islands are unique and unlike any other part of Great Britain. They have managed to retain many of their original, unique customs and traditions resulting from their long and eventful history. In the early 8th century the Vikings arrived looking for land and for the next 600 years or so the Norsemen ruled Orkney. The raven banner was used by the Norse Jarls of Orkney. Surprisingly, although the Vikings had a reputation as fearsome warriors, they settled down and became farmers.
Rob took the ravens from the Orkney Penannular to create the Orkney Hammer Pendant. The ravens face outward under a braided column and above an x set inside wide v shape at the bottom. This mixed metal version features the top in gold, with the bottom and jump ring in sterling.
The Orkney Hammer Pendant measures 1 3/4 inches long and 1 1/4 inches wide.