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Gotland Amethyst Pendant

Gotland Amethyst Pendant

(5 customer reviews)

Materials: Sterling silver, amethyst, leather cord.

Size can vary slightly on the pendants depending on how the stone was cut, all sizes are diameter of the piece, except for the oblong shapes which are measured by height.

This stunning pendant is a sized-down replica of one of the original Visby lenses used in Viking Gotland around 1000 years ago. It comes on an adjustable leather cord Please note the sterling silver chain is not included if you wish to add the chain it will be 60$ extra, please feel free to message us about getting the chain added to your order.

Discovered in Fröjel (Gotland, Sweden) the purpose of these crystals is unknown. Speculations range from help with vision, to navigation, sky viewing, and even starting fires or divination.

What we do know is that optically, the largest of these crystals are comparable to modern aspheric lenses! So some of them were definitely used for some type of optical purpose – perhaps even in early telescopes.

Despite their original uses, no one can deny their elegant and captivating beauty!

Please feel free to message me with any questions you may have!

More about Gotland:

Currently the largest island of Sweden, Gotland in the Viking Age was a massive and independently run trading hub. Over 700 Viking hoards have been found on the island, and archaeologists have identified more than 50 coastal Viking settlements there!

Gotland existed between Baltic trading ports and mainland Sweden, so naturally many of the artifacts and treasures exist from trading voyages to the east.

Treasures found include glass, amber, iron, carnelian, beeswax, furs, garnet, antler, and rock crystal that was used to craft the famous Visby Gotland crystal balls.

Carved runestones can be visited in Gotland as well, erected in the Viking Age with splendid artwork and runic inscriptions.

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    Ashley Leahy

    February 4, 2022
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    Justin Gardner

    Got this before Yule for the wife. she loves it to pieces. I am definitely happy with the quality and the shop.

    December 23, 2021
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    buffinamaria

    I was fruitlessly searching for a gotland ball pendant to replace one I was given as a gift years ago. This one is just like the one I lost and is absolutely gorgeous! I will definitely be a repeat customer!

    November 28, 2020
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    Elena Henri

    I looked long and hard to find this piece to replace one like it that I lost. I just love it! Beautiful craftsmanship, wonderful detail. It feels so good to wear – thank you!

    January 16, 2020
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    kristy thompson

    lovely little pendant, beautiful detail

    December 23, 2019

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