- This bracelet is handcrafted from:
Handmade glass art Sassenach with dragonfly cabochon, *
Carnation pink leather,
Antique bronze extender chain with lobster clasp closure.
- Bracelet length 7 inches/ 19cm, with a 1 inch/6cm extender chain.
Sassenach comes from the Scottish Gaelic word sasunnach, literally meaning ‘Saxon’, and originally used to refer to non-Gaelic speaking Scottish Lowlanders. In modern Scotland, however, the term has become sassenach, meaning something or someone English.
Many of us became familiar with this word while reading and watching the Outlander series. When Jamie affectionately calls Claire a Sassenach, he is drawing attention to the fact that she is English and a foreigner.
As for the history of the thistle, in truth, no one knows exactly how the purple-flowered thistle rose to such significance in Scotland. One legend has it a sleeping party of Scots warriors were saved from ambush by an invading Norse army when one of the enemies stepped on the spiky plant in his bare feet. His cry woke the sleeping warriors who drove off the invaders and adopted the thistle as their national symbol. Of course, there is not a shred of evidence to support this, but it certainly makes a good story!
When you wear this bracelet, you can show off your Sassenach pride!
“All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.”
(*Glass cabochon charms are water resistant but not waterproof, make sure you don’t immerse them in water!)