King of the forest

The forest is cool and quiet, the air heavy with the scent of pine and sap. The stag is silent amongst branches and brambles, moving like a ghost. Sunlight dances through the thick, still air, spotlighting the ground in ragged patches. Dust motes dance and sparkle. The stag treads, unrelenting, sunshine dappling the brown hindquarters, the bone-white antlers. A woodpecker raps on the trunk of a towering redwood.

The stag pauses, one foot in the air, scenting the air. Then, he bounds away, graceful as a ballet dancer, soundless and lovely. King of the forest.



(1 customer review)

Red Deer

Recycled Irish One Punt Red Deer Pendant

Red deer are a powerful symbol of pagan England. These huge stags depicted on Irish coins have been honoured in folk art for thousands of years. They have been depicted in cave art as early as 40,000 years ago! Palaeolithic spiritual artwork is quite special and I saw the appeal of making artwork carved into tough stone walls,. In this, I wish to honour them instead of mounting their heads upon a wall.

This beautiful ‘out of circulation’ half crown coin provides the perfect size raw material to create a lovely brooch. I carefully cut the Red Deer Stag design  with a traditional hand piercing saw. Then, I meticulously follow that design with carving tools to detail the traditional flourishing scrolls. Each one is completely unique and special. I aim to not only create a contemporary, wearable design but also revive some of the original history. I preserve these coins for a future generation.

If you liked this majestic stag, why not check out some traditional edelweiss flowers, or purchase a gorgeous silver oak leaf ring?

A lovely, original, recycled coin brooch with a fantastic history. Handcrafted and recycled in Cambridge, UK.

Size : Approx 31 mm diameter

1 review for King of the forest

  1. STEWART MCBRIDE (verified owner)

    First of all I must confess I’m a repeat customer as my wife now has a nice collection including brooches, pendants, bracelets and rings. This was a surprised birthday present and as usual it was well received. I never go wrong buying her jewellery especially the handcrafted Hairy Growler pieces. The subject matter is just great and this King of the Forest brooch with the huge elaborate antlers merging into the ‘punt’ label with the stamped celtic design on the body is like something out of Game of Thrones which was filmed extensively in our neck of the woods. Thanks once again. I have just ordered something extra special for my wife’s retirement.

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Many of the necklace / pendant designs are complete. These designs have a sterling silver chain attached to the pendant from both sides. This design is perfect for looking in a mirror to fasten the necklace. It also makes a fabulous feature of the handmade hook catch (and star if chosen).  The necklace length you choose includes the length of the actual pendant. Do not worry about the pendant dimensions we will take care of your order. Order the necklace length you would normally wear and the necklace you receive will sit in the perfect position..



Extra small : approx 170 mm

Small size : approx 185 mm

Medium size : approx 195 mm

Large size : approx 210 mm (good size if you want a looser dangly medium fit)

XL size approx 225 mm (includes an extra link; i.e. another lovely flower, butterfly, bird, etc section custom made)

XXL size approx 250 mm ((includes an extra two links; i.e. another couple of lovely flower, butterfly, bird, etc sections custom made)

Ring Sizes.

A local jeweller will happily provide you the ring size you require for the desired finger you wish to adorn! Its a quick, easy, simple process we all offer!However if you are buying a surprise gift please fee free to download this simple ring size guide to help.

Silver Chain lengths size guide

Silver chain lengths are many and various.  Mostly it comes down to two factors your size and individual style.  These will determine whats going to suit you at the times you are wearing it.  Click the link to see a guide of the most popular sizes and how they look, comparatively.