The Swallow is a traditional image used in Sailor tattoos to show off one's sailing experience. According to legend and lore, if a Sailor has sailed over 5,000 nautical miles on the high seas, he would be deemed to have earned the right to wear a Swallow tattoo. Since swallows return to nest in the same location year after year, the birds symbolize a guarantee that the sailor safely returns home. And if the poor soul were to be struck by tragedy and die or drown at sea, the Swallow would carry off his soul to Heaven.
The back of the charm reads "Persevere And Overcome" - a reminder to maintain your course, endure, prevail.
The charm is approximately 1 inch x 3/4 inch and comes on a 24 inch chain.
Available in Solid Brass + Sterling Silver