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13/10/2014

Handmade Earrings Bring Good Luck To Brides



Handmade earrings created with the image of a lucky charm customarily offered to Scottish brides is a highly potent symbol of a groom's love. The Luckenbooth collection seen on Orkney also features brooches, pendants and a charm to hang from a bracelet. Luckenbooth brooches originated in Edinburgh in the 16th century where they were purchased from 'lucken' or locked booths on the Royal Mile. They were offered to brides as love tokens or as lucky charms for warding off witches. These were also pinned to a baby's shawl to prevent them being carried off by fairies or other unnatural beings. The symbol was considered to protect the wearer from the evil eye.

The Luckenbooth design possesses a crown above one heart, or two interweaved hearts. You will find many brooches and handmade earrings, pendants and charms which feature two hearts and are made out of silver or gold. Similar styles and designs were seen in middle age Europe, usually in the form of brooches.

The initial booths in Edinburgh where these were sold were the earliest permanent retail outlets in the city, though they don't exist now, having been pulled down in the Nineteenth century. One of the city's most well-known residents of ancient times was thought to have gifted a Luckenbooth brooch - that was Mary Queen of Scots. It's said she gave a brooch to her 2nd husband Lord Darnley.

Scottish and Orkney people went to Canada and the north of what is now the USA in connection with the fur trade. They exchanged goods with the indigenous people. In doing this the Luckenbooth design became a well-liked item worn by Native American people.

The jewellery was used to barter for pelts caught by Native American trappers. A 1765 listing of 'Equivalents for Barter of goods and skins' highlights how one small brooch could be exchanged for a racoon or musquash skin. The mainly silver heart shaped insignias were favored not merely with Native people but in addition as treasured collectible items from home, among the Scots who emigrated.

Handmade Earrings Make Great Love Tokens

Some wedding couples today choose to present Luckenbooth tokens for good luck for their guests. Orkney-crafted Luckenbooth charms may very well be a cost-effective and special method of doing this. And also the charms could go with the handmade earrings worn by the bride.


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