Jewelry for St. Patrick’s Day!

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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.

About Jewelry Warehouse

Jewelry Warehouse is a locally owned jewelry store that has four locations located in Columbia SC. We have been voted best jewelry store by the State newspaper – the largest paper in SC, for 19 years in a row. Originally founded in 1969, George Satterfield started the Jewelry Warehouse. It was his vision to always get quality jewelry but to price lower than traditional jewelry stores. After 40 years his vision has continued even after his death in 2005. With the growth and development of the internet, the plan is stronger than ever as not only does The Jewelry Warehouse still offer the best price and quality in SC, it now has the best pricing in the United States! People from California to New York now can get jewelry that is sold in the cities for significantly more, at South Carolina pricing. With a satisfaction Guarantee, buying from Jewelry Warehouse gives people everywhere a risk free opportunity to try us and save on quality merchandise.
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