Don’t get pinched this St. Patrick’s Day if you aren’t wearing a little green and luck of the Irish! See our selection of Irish inspired jewelry including shamrocks, claddaughs, and celtic styles.
Below are some interesting facts about Shamrocks and the Celtic style.
What do you really know about the traditional Irish Shamrock? – I bet the first thing you will say, is that it brings good luck, that is, if it has 4 leaves. The meaning behind this little green plant, is much more than just luck. Legend has it that Saint Patrick used to use a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to people in Ireland that he was trying to convert to Christianity. It is also a traditional symbol for a connection to Ireland.
Traditional Irish jewelry usually includes a celtic style, but what is the meaning behind using this style? – “In Ireland, it is a popular legend that the Celtic Christian cross was introduced by St. Patrick or possibly St. Declan during his time converting the pagan Irish, though there are no examples from this early period. It has often been claimed that Patrick combined the symbol of Christianity with the sun cross, to give pagan followers an idea of the importance of the cross by linking it with the idea of the life-giving properties of the sun. Other interpretations claim that placing the cross on top of the circle represents Christ’s supremacy over the pagan sun.
The interlace patterns that you see in celtic designs, have been around since the 3rd and 4th century, during the Roman Empire. Celtic knots were representations of knots used in decoration, and then they were used in a variety of knots and stylized graphical representations. These knots are most known for their adaptation for use in the ornamentation of Christian monuments and manuscripts, such as the 8th-century St. Teilo Gospels, the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Most are endless knots, and many are varieties of basket weave knots.” [Source: Celtic Cross – wiki – Celtic Jewelry]
What does the Claddaugh mean? – In a previous blog post, I talked about the tradition of the Claddaugh in jewelry. See the blog post here.
See our selection of Irish style or inspired jewelry in stores or online here.