Tales of the Leap Year Valentine
At Willow & Clo, the love story is written in the jewellery!
Jewellery has an uncanny ability to evoke memory and nostalgia. In the same way that a scent can bring you to a different time and place, every piece of jewellery has a story, even a secret, which is held sacred by its owner. At Willow & Clo the idea is to embed our collection stories into each individual piece. The magic of the sensation is intensified when someone is gifted a piece of our jewellery and the stories are given new life and unique meaning to the wearer. Willow & Clo hopes to capture memorable moments in delicate jewels that invigorate the senses
With this year, being a Leap Year, we intend to make great use of that extra day and experience every moment to the fullest, creating memories that will stay with us forever.
The Leap Year has a wonderful story throughout history. A much disputed tale in Irish mythology depicts a young St Bridget lamenting to St Patrick that women had to wait too long for their suitors to propose. To rectify the situation, St Patrick is said to have allowed one day every four years when a woman could pop the question to her beloved. According to this myth, St Bridget took the opportunity to propose to St Patrick, but was sadly refused. He did offer her a silk dress and a kiss on the cheek to compensate. He did have snakes to evacuate! The idea of women proposing to their men-folk on Leap Day, 29th February, is a common thread in folklore all over the world. In days of yore in Denmark, the refusal of marriage by Danish men meant that they had to give the woman 12 pairs of gloves. Great idea if you need a new pair of gloves… or several at that! In Finland, if a lady’s proposal were refused, she was given fabric for a skirt. Thankfully these days, and in the real world, any of us ladies can pick a day to propose if we so desire!
We wish you a Merry Leap Year and a Happy Valentines!
Willow & Clo kicked off the New Year with the launch of their flagship store in Powerscourt Townhouse, the pieces are also available online.
All pieces are handmade in Ireland, using a vermeil, which is sterling silver electro-plated with 2.5 micron layers of 22Kt yellow or rose gold plating, and semi-precious gemstones.