Dál Riata Spiral Brooch
Dál Riata was an ancient Gaelic kingdom known for its fine metal work, most notably for its distinct style of penannular brooch. We created the Dál Riata Spiral Brooch using this city’s traditional brooch as inspiration.
This medium size brooch is just over 2” in diameter and is perfect for fastening a tunic, the shoulders of a dress, or a lightweight cloak. It is available in both bronze and silver.
The Kingdom of Dál Riata (also spelled Dalriada) included parts of western Scotland and northeastern Ireland. According to legend, it was founded by the three sons of Erc— Fergus Mór, Loarn and Óengus, through conquest sometime in the 6th century AD, and it lasted well into the 8th century. Dál Riata is probably best known for the monastery of Iona, founded by the monk Columba in 563. Iona was a very important center of religion. learning and art, and is credited with the formation of an artistic style known as Insular Art, which combined Mediterranean, Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and Pictish elements. The Book of Kells, probably produced at Iona, is one of the best examples of this style. Dál Riata was also known for its fine metal work, most notably for a distinct style of penannular brooch.
The Dál Riata Spiral Brooch celebrates the more Celtic and Pictish elements of this Insular Art style of brooch, with bold interlocking spirals.