Welsh Dragon Pendant HY 0541
All of our silver jewelry is designed and handcrafted in Scotland by skilled Scottish craftsmen using only the finest British .925 sterling silver. Each pendant comes with a 16″ sterling silver chain.
Approximate size: .71″ x .65″
The Welsh Dragon Pendant is based on the famous Welsh Dragon “Y Draig Goch” (The Red Dragon) that was first recorded as the symbol for Wales in the year 829. It has, however, popularly said to have been the battle Standard of King Arthur and the ancient Celts. One tale tells the story of the red dragon fighting with an invading white dragon “The pained shrieks of the fighting dragons caused women to miscarry, animals to perish and plants to perish.” The King of Britain, to bring the end of misery dug a deep hole in the middle of Britain and filled it with mead (a strong alcoholic drink made from honey) and covered the hole with cloth. The dragons drank the mead, fell asleep, and the King imprisoned them by burying them still wrapped in the cloth, where they remained for centuries. A later King tried to build a castle on the land that held the dragons, but every night the castle walls and foundation were demolished for some unknown reason. The king was told to find a boy with no natural father and sacrifice him. He found a boy without a natural father (who reportedly later became the fabled Merlin of King Arthur’s Round table). The boy heard that he was to be sacrificed, so told the King the story of the two dragons. The hole was opened, the dragons released, and they continued their fighting. The red dragon, representing the people of Wales finally defeated the white dragon, represented the English. The red dragon, like the Scottish Thistle, had come to the rescue of the people so became the national symbol of the people.
This lovely pendant by Hamilton & Young Jewelry and Designers on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, is made entirely in the finest 925 Sterling Silver. It comes with a 16″ Sterling Silver chain an will be shipped in a quality black and gold presentation box. It measures approximately .71″ x .65″