Celtic Greyhound Bracelet
Celtic people prized hounds in the ancient world, and often gave them as noble gifts to Kings or Chieftains as a symbol of their rank. In England and Gaul, people favored the Greyhounds. In the Highlands, they favored the larger Deerhound, and across the Irish Sea, they bred the formidable Wolfhound. Celts valued all these breeds for their speed, skill, and grace in the hunt, as well as their courage and loyalty.
- Medium braid (12 gauge)
- Approximately 5/16 inch (8 mm) thick
- Strong and flexible
- Hand-crafted in bronze or silver
The story of Gellert, Prince of Gywnedd Lewellyn the Great’s Greyhound, illustrates the loyalty of the breed. Prince Llewellyn set out to hunt one day, but left his favorite hound, Gellert, behind. Upon his return Llewellyn discovered his son’s crib overturned and the dog bloody. Horrified that the beloved animal had killed his son, Llewellyn killed the hound. But Llewellyn had made a tragic mistake. His son laid safe under the overturned crib. The blood on Gellert had come from an intruding wolf, lying dead nearby, that Gellert had killed while defending the boy. Llewellyn buried the hound and raised over it a great cairn of stones. And to this day the place is called Beth Gellert, or the Grave of Gellert.
Our Greyhound bracelet is constructed with a medium braid of wire, and is approximately 5/16 inch (8 mm) thick. In bronze or silver.