Monday, November 22, 2010

Duncroft Masterworks Warrior Pendant Giveaways

By on Monday, November 22, 2010 48 Comments

You can blame Beau Brummel, the Regency era dandy, who decreed the minimalist style for men (see my past post) nearly 200 years ago. Many men today still don't wear jewelry and if they do, they often have difficulty finding what they like.

That's exactly how Duncroft Masterworks based here in Halifax, Nova Scotia got started with a very masculine collection of jewelry when Marc Murphy decided to design jewelry he liked. The pieces are "... for any man that wants to pay tribute to the warrior cultures of the past."

 His testosterone inspired collection features lead-free pewter spin casted pendants, each with a dark patina for that aged and rugged look. Perfect gifts for yourself or the men in your life this Christmas. Each necklace comes with a glossy black box and a beautiful poem card.

I wondered what inspired him. He said, "My feeling is that the West has really lost it's way, being obsessed with pop culture and materialism. The pendants are a small way of remembering all the great leaders and civilizations that had to fight for what we take for granted today. They also remind us to be proud of our cultures and traditions."

One of his designs, A Roaring Heart, features the lion rampant,  a favorite heraldic symbol for centuries, especially in Scotland.  Marc was inspired by the symbol in the Nova Scotian flag shown below. Nova Scotia means New Scotland for parts of this province really do remind one of Scotland and no doubt seemed like home to the large Scottish population who settled here. Nova Scotia was the first Scottish settlement in North America (1621).

Marc's poem which accompanies this pendant is most apt :

"Tis a blessed thing,
When my claymore swings,
It warms my lion's heart!
I dream of home
Where the bagpipes drone
Oh to be born a Scot!"

I also liked the Roman Eagle pendant appropriately called Glory to the Empire (below left). The Roman army in its heyday terrified their opponents for they were such a unified fighting force - highly disciplined and courageous. (See my past post Boudicca - The Warrior Queen's Jewelry about a rebellion against the Romans in England about 2000 years ago.)


Marc also paid homage to a whole warrior society, the Spartans with his Walls of Sparta shield pendant (above right). This ancient Greek city state were merciless in their zeal to produce tough warriors - sickly babies were killed or left out to die and the harsh training of the survivors started when the boys were just 7.

The words on the shield are Molon Labe which roughly translates as come take them.  That was the response of the Spartan King Leonidas when the Persian King Xerxes demanded the weapons and surrender of the heavily outnumbered 300 Spartans (and a few hundred other allies) at the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC). This famous battle was the subject of the 2007 movie 300 starring Gerrard Butler.

Duncroft Masterworks pendants are now sold worldwide. Although the collection is still small, there are plans to add to it. Marc has received many suggestions from his fans including Aztec, Samurai, Mongol, Celtic and Egyptian designs. He also plans to branch into belt buckles and rings - all along the same rough hewn lines of his signature pieces.

GIVEAWAY
Marc has kindly offered two of his pendant necklaces for this giveaway - Thor's hammer and the Scottish lion rampant designs. The pendants are approximately 1" x 1" and about 2 quarter coins thick.


To win one of the pendants, all you you have to do is make a comment below. Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower or also on Facebook Fan page or Twitter. Please say so in the comments. The giveaway ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, November 29. I will pick two winners (one for each pendant) randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. The first person to respond gets to pick which pendant. So be sure to come back and check!

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48 comments:

  1. Never mind the guys, Pearl! Marc's stuff is awesome and I'd wear it myself in a heartbeat! Nice designs and I like the tie-in with history.
    Susan

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  2. It is great to see jewelry specifically designed for men. I have a Scottish background so these designs have a special meaning for me.

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  3. This would make a great gift for my husband, Charlie MacKinnon.

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  4. wow these are awesome (I'd say gorgeous but they are for the guys lol)
    I'd love to win one for my son.
    I follow your blog with google reader.

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  5. So many jewelry designers and makers of handcrafted jewelry tend to forget the guys when creating jewelry. There are a lot of men that like adornment and in ages gone by it was quite popular for men to wear much more jewelry than just the classic, chunky gold ring. That trend seems to be coming back and today you see the guys sporting diamond stud earrings, masculine chains with or without pendants, bracelets and necklaces.

    Marc's designs are very inspiring and I must concur with the others, I would be most tempted to wear that lovely "Thor's Hammer" myself.

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  6. This is wonderful work. I think my husband would love the idea of me wearing it! I'm the Scot in the family, and I love this. It's what I've been looking for!

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  7. Cool lion, I like it for myself.

    Laura

    sondaggi [at] cox [dot]net

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  8. I love the craftsmanship of his work.

    "number of deadly weapons owned" is an extra credit question on the entrance exam to Valhalla.

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  9. I would love to have this piece! Please count me in. THANKS.

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  10. Wow, nice.
    I like the Scottish lion much...
    How sweet you are wanna give it away...
    Thx

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  11. It's a shame that society is so stringent and restrictive on men jewelry wear. It does however, certainly creates the opportunity for some truly creative solutions and this is definitely one of them.

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  12. Just love these pendants for both guys and for myself. Would make wonderful gift for my brother. Thanks I am a follower of your blog, love it.

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  13. you guys are so damn right and i suport you, about how diferent were those magnificent cultures from now and to remember them, the brave they were and how they realy fought for their lives and their families. These pendants youve made are really cool and i think thay really have the essence of what they were. I would love to have one of these, to remember, to give me courage, and the hope i have that we may be more like them, maybe not killing each other but to know how to fightfor ourselfs, and dont have everything for "free" or the "easy"(which now days is hardedr than the "hard" way)way.

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  14. im a facebook follower and you can find me via facebook or by email: beromtekriger@hotmail.com
    or: luisnature007@hotmail.com

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  15. They are wonderful, I'd love win one for my partner's birthday! :)

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  16. I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485

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  17. I'm a fan on Facebook (Kate Ryan)

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  18. I'm following you on Twitter (@NTFancy)

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  20. I love Thor's hammer.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  21. Those are really awesome, my husband would love.

    maryhicken at gmail dot com

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  22. These are really cool! I especially like the Thor's Hammer!

    annika(@)lauk.ee

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  23. Oooh. I might have to hide these from the guys and wear them myself!

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  24. I'm following your blog via GFC

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  25. following beadinggem on twitter @mrsclutterbuck

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  26. What awesome stuff!!! I can sse both my husband and I wearing the necklaces. hmmm...matching necklaces like when we were in the 7th grade...but I have a feeling he will think these are much cooler :)...........kimbarsness(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. Those are gorgeous and I just know my husband would love one.

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  28. I follow you on twitter

    @shaiha_

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  29. I also follow you on FB

    Yeah I love you Pearl.

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  30. i love these! my bf would adore the scottish lion pendant!
    DolphinV27@aol.com

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  31. I'm a blog follower!

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  32. i follow via twitter @DolphinV27

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  33. i've subscribed via email!

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  34. these are wonderful ...i'd like to gift them to my brother..i mean if i win :)

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  35. Thank you for the chance!! they are both very stylish and vintage!!!

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. Following your blog!

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  37. I like you on Facebook!

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  38. Mail subscriber!

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  39. I like thors hammer i have always had e thing for thor
    tonyt@wabash.net

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  40. I love these pendants. My son would love any of them!

    damn.precious.etsy at gmail dot com

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  41. And now I am a subscriber via GFC :)

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  42. I love those!! I'd give one to my hsuband, who is a barbarian at heart he claims. Of course, I hope he'd let me wear it some too!!

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  43. Such great pieces! My husband enjoys studying Viking history, so I would get him the Thor's hammer.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    --Liza

    ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

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