The design illustrates a symbol of Ireland – a Celtic High Cross in the same style and colour palate as the illustrations from the Book of Kells. The illustration is on a genuine Native Irish Oyster from Galway Bay.
Found throughout Ireland, Celtic High Crosses or Celtic Crosses are free-standing Christian crosses made of stone and often richly decorated. The carved scenes are a mixture of religious figures and sections of decoration, such as Celtic knotwork patterns.
Irish heritage is deeply rooted in storytelling, mythology, and a strong sense of community. This artwork encapsulates these aspects, inviting viewers to reflect on their connections to their heritage and the stories that have shaped their identities.
The use of a Native Irish oyster shell in this artwork holds cultural significance. Oysters have long been associated with Ireland’s coastal regions. Incorporating this element into the artwork pays homage to Ireland’s rich cultural heritage.
The Native Irish Oyster, or Ostrea edulis, is a prized delicacy that seafood lovers have enjoyed for centuries. It’s not as common as it used to be and is typically harvested between September and April only.
Beyond its visual appeal, these artworks also serve as a tribute to Ireland’s deep-rooted history and rich cultural heritage.
We believe that every shell has a tale to tell. Our oysters are from the west coast of Ireland, picked from the waters of the world-famous “Galway Bay” part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Shells are genuinely one-of-a-kind gifts because no two are alike. They are tumbled by the wild Atlantic Ocean waves and shaped by the changing seasons, resulting in varying sizes and shapes. We work with what nature has given us. Variations such as; growth marks, ragged edges, chipped backs, and barnacles make each one special.
Every shell is individually picked, cleaned, prepared, hand-painted and decorated by our artists at our studio in Galway, Ireland.
Whether you receive this as a gift or purchase it for yourself as a decoration, a memento of a trip, or for friends or family to mark an occasion or relationship, you are becoming part of this Oyster’s tale.