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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. Inspired by the legends, this is a beautiful and striking piece featuring swallows quarrelling in mid-air under a daytime sun. Cast in 9k yellow gold and featuring a natural, exceptional quality Ethiopian opal. All Ella Green pieces are 100% imagined, designed and made in Ireland and come hallmarked by the assay office in Dublin Castle. Opals are beautiful gems and each stone is one-of-a-kind. For best results, treat gently. If dirty, the best way to clean your opal is to rub it gently with a damp cloth. Avoid ultrasonic cleaners, cleaning fluids or immersion in any fluid including water. Colour: metallic