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In the early days of sailing a swallow tattoo was a symbol used by sailors to show off their sailing experience. Legend holds that since swallows return to the same location every year to mate and nest, the swallow would guarantee the sailor's safe return home. A sailor would have one swallow tattooed before setting out on a journey, and the second swallow tattooed at the end of their voyage, upon return to their home port. It was also said that if the sailor drowned, the swallows would carry their soul to the next life. A beautiful and striking piece featuring swallows quarreling in mid-air under a daytime moon. Cast in 9k yellow gold and featuring a milky blue natural chalcedony stone from Turkey. All Ella Green pieces are 100% imagined, designed and made in Ireland and come hallmarked by the assay office in Dublin Castle. 9k yellow gold. Colour: metallic