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Book of Kells Initial Necklace

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The eighth-century Book of Kells is an ornate, hand-copied illuminated manuscript of the gospels—one of the most important pieces of early Celtic art in the world. These sterling silver pendants are inspired by the highly decorative letters, called initia, that begin each section of text. Each is cast from sterling silver and finished by hand in a family-run Dublin studio.


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  • Most charms hang approximately 1" from the chain. Specific dimensions for each letter, not including the ring that attaches the charm to the chain, are listed. 18" chain; spring ring clasp.
  • V = 39/64"
  • W = 45/64"
  • X =3/4"
  • A, C, D, E, M, N, O, R, S, U, Y, Z = 51/64"
  • T = 29/32"
  • F, G, H, I, J, K, L, P, Q = 1"
  • B = 1 7/64"
  • Please note: The Kells artists used both uppercase and lowercase forms for the decorative letters in their manuscript. The following initial necklaces are lowercase letters: A, B, D, E, G, H, N, Q, and T.

Before printing presses made books, journals, and pamphlets accessible to a wide audience, manuscripts were laboriously copied by hand. Those that were adorned with decorative letters, borders, and paintings are known as illuminated manuscripts, and the Irish Book of Kells is one of the most famous. A collection of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, it is generally believed to have been transcribed by monks at the Abbey of Kells around 800 AD.

That the book still exists is extremely fortunate. The Abbey of Kells was attacked repeatedly by Vikings in the Middle Ages and the manuscript could easily have been destroyed. It was stolen in the early 1000s and later found with its jeweled cover torn off. In 1654 the book was sent to Dublin for safekeeping during Oliver Cromwell's campaign against Ireland, and it has been in Dublin at Trinity College ever since. Its ornate decoration and initial capitals make it one of the greatest examples of Insular art—the name for the art of the British Isles during the Middle Ages—and a major source for the intricate knotted designs that we associate with Celtic art.


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Book of Kells Initial Necklace
 
3.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Beautiful (9)
  • Good quality (8)
  • Stylish (6)
  • Good length (5)
  • Unique (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday (8)
  • Office (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (6), Career (3), Classic style (3), Comfort-oriented (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (8), No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice Necklace but...

I purchased this necklace to give as a gift. It is very pretty and seems well made. I expect it to be received gladly.

My only complaint is the lack of information...Read complete review

I purchased this necklace to give as a gift. It is very pretty and seems well made. I expect it to be received gladly.

My only complaint is the lack of information accompanying it. It is in a typical nondescript black velvet necklace box. If I hadn't ordered a gift box for it, there would be no way of knowing that it came from National Geographic. There is also no discernible stamp indicating that it is sterling silver, although it does bear a stamp indicating its country of origin on the back. A card or a small piece of paper explaining the significance of the style and the Book of Kells would have been nice. I am going to copy some information from the product description to print out myself and give with the necklace as I think that will heighten the enjoyment of this gift upon receipt.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed

Quality and font were what I expected. However, the piece was so tarnished that I would have been embarrassed to give it as a gift. Thank goodness I did not have it shipped...Read complete review

Quality and font were what I expected. However, the piece was so tarnished that I would have been embarrassed to give it as a gift. Thank goodness I did not have it shipped directly to the recipient. I had to purchase silver jewelry cleaner and a better quality gift box. After cleaning and re-packaging I felt comfortable presenting it to our granddaughter. I also had to find my own on-line documentation about the Book of Kells to give with the gift. I expected that something along those lines would have accompanied the necklace. Our granddaughter loves it, but because of my experience with this purchase, I will not buy from this vendor again.

Reviewed by 16 customers

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4.0

Beautiful but...arrived super tarnished

By bgwarbs

from Rhode Island

About Me Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful
  • Good Length
  • Unique

Cons

  • Difficult To Clasp
  • Tarnished

Best Uses

  • Everyday

Comments about Book of Kells Initial Necklace:

I really love the necklace but when I opened the box when it arrived I was really disappointed to see a heavily tarnished necklace and charm. I contact NG customer service and they refunded me a portion of the cost which I very much appreciated. The clasp is really touch to fasten - I will likely have my jeweler replace it. In spite of that, I love it.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Disappointed

By No name

from Coastal Georgia

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Unique

Cons

  • Arrived Badly Tarnished
  • Gift Box Was Shoddy

Best Uses

  • Everyday

Comments about Book of Kells Initial Necklace:

Quality and font were what I expected. However, the piece was so tarnished that I would have been embarrassed to give it as a gift. Thank goodness I did not have it shipped directly to the recipient. I had to purchase silver jewelry cleaner and a better quality gift box. After cleaning and re-packaging I felt comfortable presenting it to our granddaughter. I also had to find my own on-line documentation about the Book of Kells to give with the gift. I expected that something along those lines would have accompanied the necklace. Our granddaughter loves it, but because of my experience with this purchase, I will not buy from this vendor again.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Gift!

By Pollywannacracker

from Austin, TX

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful
  • Good Length
  • Good Quality
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Book of Kells Initial Necklace:

      It was a surprise high school graduation present! She loved it and wears it everyday!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Cool Gift

      By JimEOD

      from Puyallup, WA

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Beautiful
      • Stylish
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday

        Comments about Book of Kells Initial Necklace:

        My wife and daughter love their necklaces. I printed out the discription/history from the shopping site because I knew my wife would be fascinated with the origin of the letters. (She's a McDunnough)

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        too flimsey

        By blondie

        from West Chicago, IL

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Looks cheap

        Cons

        • Poor Workmanship

        Best Uses

        • Very Casual

        Comments about Book of Kells Initial Necklace:

        I bought two--for each of my daughters. Looked good in catalog, but was disappointed as It looks very cheap. I at least feel I donated to Natl Geo

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Quality and Stylish

        By Smitty

        from Las Vegas, NV

        Comments about Book of Kells Initial Necklace:

        I love my necklace as it is very stylish and good quality. Exceeded my expectations

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice Necklace but...

        By Laura

        from Rochester, NY

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Beautiful
        • Good Quality
        • Stylish
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • No Information

        Best Uses

          Comments about Book of Kells Initial Necklace:

          I purchased this necklace to give as a gift. It is very pretty and seems well made. I expect it to be received gladly.

          My only complaint is the lack of information accompanying it. It is in a typical nondescript black velvet necklace box. If I hadn't ordered a gift box for it, there would be no way of knowing that it came from National Geographic. There is also no discernible stamp indicating that it is sterling silver, although it does bear a stamp indicating its country of origin on the back. A card or a small piece of paper explaining the significance of the style and the Book of Kells would have been nice. I am going to copy some information from the product description to print out myself and give with the necklace as I think that will heighten the enjoyment of this gift upon receipt.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          She loves it!

          By mom

          from wynndel bc

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Beautiful

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Book of Kells Initial Necklace:

              My daughter doesn't usually wear necklaces so I wasn't sure about this gift but she loves it and only took it off once when she had surgery. Looks lovely on her.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I would buy this as a gift as well

              By D

              from Langley, BC Canada

              About Me Career, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Beautiful
              • Good Length
              • Good Quality
              • Unique

              Cons

              • Tarnishes Easily

              Best Uses

              • Everyday

              Comments about Book of Kells Initial Necklace:

              Very unique, thinking about buying others as gifts for family members

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Pretty!

              By lcb513

              from Lebanon, PA

              About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Beautiful
              • Good Length
              • Good Quality
              • Stylish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday
                • Night Out
                • Office
                • Travel

                Comments about Book of Kells Initial Necklace:

                Bought 2....one for me and one for my granddaughter for her birthday. Even the chain sparkles. Very pleased with my purchase and I was lucky enough to get it on sale.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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