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.
The Orkney Penannular features ravens facing inward with a bar and infinity symbol on each side. It measures about 2 inches by 2 inches with the pin.
The mixed metal version features the raven heads in gold, as well as the pin top.