The most famous collar of the "gorget" type was found in Glenisheen, Co. Clare in 1932. It dates to the 8th century B.C. and is a semi-circular shape with two elaborate disc shapes at either end. It was found in a rock crevice in the Burren area of Co. Clare and it is remarkably well preserved, it is c.31 cm in maximum diameter.
Celtic (Ireland), 800-700 BC The Victoria & Albert Museum
There is some amazingly intricate repoussé work on this piece. Repoussé was a technique used by craftworkers in Europe which was adopted at this time by the native craftworkers to good effect. The designs themselves are native in origin being similar to the designs on earlier lunulae and round based pots. Some archaeologists believe this gives evidence that there were many foreign influences and invasions at this time because of the non-native techniques that were adopted by the native craftworkers in Ireland.
The Gorteenreagh Collar was discovered in 1948 and is dated to c. 800 - 600 bc. along with two lock-rings, two bracelets, and a fibula or dress fastener. The Gorteenreagh Collar is much simpler in design than the Glenisheen, although the terminals are of the same design, unfortunately as can be seen from the photo, it did not survive the ravages of time and is a little dented. (not bad though after 2600 years!)