Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sepia Saturday #181: Bejewelled

When I viewed the inspiration image for this Sepia Saturday, I thought about those images which feature members of my family wearing jewellery, then I began to consider what it means to say something or someone is bejewelled. The Oxford English Dictionary defines bejewelled as follows:

adjective: adorned with or as if adorned with jewels.
verb: to adorn with or as if to adorn with jewels.

"As if adorned with jewels" is the part of the definition which sparked my imagination, and led me to think about some of the beautiful stained glass windows I have photographed in Ireland over the years. The colours which are often used in stained glass windows are what we might think of as jewel-toned, and when you see an array of beautiful windows in a church they certainly appear to be 'bejewelled' precious treasures.

So...for this Sepia Saturday, as my interpretation of bejewelled, I have chosen a few of my favourite stained glass windows found in churches around Ireland.

Be sure to stop by Alan and Kat's blog Sepia Saturday to see how others have been inspired by the theme, and perhaps you will be inspired too.

St. Patrick in stained glass from three different churches,
one each in Mayo, Dublin, and Mayo.
Left to right windows from Mayo, Dublin, and Mayo.
The Rosetta Window of St. Mary's Church, Westport, County Mayo.
A triad of windows dedicated by his children to the 1st Earl of Iveagh.
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.
Another triad in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
A triad, with floating windows above, in The Black Abbey, County Kilkenny.
My favourite 'bejewelled' window in St. Patrick's Church Ringsend, Dublin,
the church in which my parents were married in 1954.

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  1. A great collection of stained glass windows, the Rosetta Window is my favourite.

  2. Gorgeous. I love stained glass windows. I recently took some photos in an old church with a beam of sunlight spreading the colours across the pews. Bejewelled indeed.

  3. Beautiful. More interesting than jewellery to me.

  4. Hello Bob, Little Nell, and Sharon,

    Thank you to each one of you for your lovely comments. They are very much appreciated, and I am glad you like the windows.

    Cheers to each one of you,

  5. A gorgeous array of stained glass...and a lateral interpretation of the theme...bejewelled and treasures.

    1. Hello Pauleen,

      Thank you for your comments. I'm glad you like my slightly skewed interpretation of the theme.



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