Archive for Saint Patrick’s Day Jewelry
Did You Know…
Saint Patrick’s Day was originally an Irish Catholic religious holiday in celebration of Christianity’s spread to Ireland, a feat that is credited to (of course) Saint Patrick.
As the most recognizable of the Irish Saints, Saint Patrick has garnered an unofficial honor as the patron saint of Ireland itself as well as of Irish heritage.
The holiday is celebrated on March 17th because that’s the day that Saint Patrick died in the year 461.
The original color associated with Saint Patrick’s Day was not green, but blue.
In Irish folklore, the shamrock, or three leaved clover, is said to have been used by Saint Patrick to explain the Christian trinity to the Irish during his attempt to convert them. The majority of those living in Ireland at the time were pagan.
Saint Patrick’s Day didn’t become an official public holiday in Ireland until 1903, even though the feast of St. Patrick had been celebrated since at least the early 1600s.
The movement to turn Saint Patrick’s Day into a celebration of Irish heritage rather than religion began in the mid 1990s with a committee formed in Republic of Ireland and the first “Saint Patrick’s Cultural Festival” held in 1996. By 2009 the festival was drawing nearly a million visitors.
Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations are currently held in over 15 countries around the world, including Japan, South Korea, Russia, New Zealand, and Argentina.
The Celtic cross, Celtic knot, and lucky clover consistently rank amongst the top 50 most popular tattoo elements in both the united States and the UK.
Although in modern times it’s more widely used as a symbol of Irish heritage, loyalty, or friendship, the claddagh ring was originally used as a wedding ring. Before marriage and during engagement, the bottom or “point” of the heart is worn on the left ring finger pointing towards the fingertips (in other words, upside down), and once married the ring is turned right side up with the point facing towards the wrist.
Most of us know St. Patty’s Day as the modern secular celebration of Irish heritage involving good beer, good food, and of course, the color green. But did you know that this, one of the funnest holidays of the year, was originally based on something else?
Saint Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland, and originally the March 17th feast held in his honor was a religious celebration to commemorate the deed. By the tenth century, St. Patrick’s feast was being celebrated by the Irish in many parts of Europe, by 1903 it had been declared an official public Holiday in Ireland, and by the mid 1990′s a coalition had been started to turn this joyful celebration into a means of showcasing Irish culture and educating on Irish heritage. In point of fact, the original color associated with Saint Patrick’s Day was blue, with green gradually replacing it as the signature color due to the meaning of green clover or “shamrocks,” the plant which it is claimed Saint Patrick used to explain the significance of the Christian trinity to the Irish pagans in the fifth century.
Today’s celebrations have certainly evolved, as in modern times St. Patrick has become recognized more so as the patron saint of Irish heritage, and the four leaf clover representing luck and prosperity has replaced the three leaf clover in much of the holiday paraphernalia. The concepts of Irish luck, togetherness with friends and loved ones, and even romance have slowly replaced the original Christian sentiments assigned to the holiday in secular culture, and now large carnivals, feasts, and parades are held to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere. Irish Catholics still celebrate in much the same fashion, sometimes including church services and other religious festivities along with the traditional breaking of lent to allow alcohol consumption.
In recent years, the pierced and tattooed youth subculture has begun a trend towards advertising their Irish heritage in a more unique way, through the use of colorful body art that integrates traditional Irish or Irish Catholic elements. The use of jewelry incorporating the shamrock or four leaf clover is also quite popular, along with all manner of t-shirts and accessories bearing appropriately kitschy phrasing such as, “kiss me, I’m Irish.”
As for modern observance of Saint Patrick’s Day, whether Irish or not, no matter what you wear, it promises with each passing year to be, “the best St. Patty’s Day ever.” And that, in our book, is definitely something cool enough to celebrate.
The Irish claddagh, or "clasped hands and heart" is a powerful symbol that dates
back centuries, featured originally only in rings, and now available in a vast
variety of jewelry items. The claddagh dates back to 1600's Ireland, and is traditionally
represented as a pair of hands clasping a heart that's topped with a crown. The
heart in this design represents love, the pair of hands friendship, and the crown
atop signifies devotion. The true history of this remarkable design is sadly lost
to time, however there are several popularized tales that lay claim to the claddagh's
beginnings. In many of these folkloric yarns, the first claddagh
ring is seen as a divine gift, dropped into the hands of a hard working woman
by an eagle from the heavens, or appearing mysteriously in the possession of a
man who righteously resists temptation. No matter its origins, humble or divine,
one thing remains clear throughout every version of the symbol's history: the
significance of the values that is represents will remain across the ages, as
true today as in centuries past.
Although items bearing the claddagh are most often given as a romantic gift,
jewelry with this design is also worn as a nod to Irish heritage, an emblem
of friendship, or just for its beauty. Following tradition, this item is worn
on the left side for a person romantically attached, with points of the crown
facing away from the body before marriage or engagement, and towards the body
after. Worn on the right side of the body, this can symbolize friendship or
openness when facing out, and disinterest in relationships if turned around.
In addition, the style of the design is also known to have significance, sometimes
including gemstones, color variations, or other design elements such as keys,
circles, or extra hearts.
Popular, versatile, and ever evolving, the claddagh
is a must in every jewelry collection. Whether a ring or pendant, or a piece
of body jewelry, this beautiful emblem is imbued not only with the luck of the
Irish, but with the richness of their history and the power of their values.
Kick off your St Patrick’s Day with some awesome new plug styles. There are many options with the new St. Patrick's say plug collection. Try out the four leaf clover acrylic saddle plug or the black acrylic distressed good luck saddle plug. If you're looking to have some fun during the holiday, try the "Kiss Me I'm Irish" clover saddle plug. Remember plugs are sold individually and are available in gauge sizes 5mm to 20 mm. Luck will be on your side with any of these awesome St. Patrick's Day plugs.
Today, people celebrate St. Patrick's day with parades, by wearing green and by drinking beer. It's easy and fashionable to show your green spirit during the festivities with the new St. Patrick's day earring collection. Bring the luck of the Irish into your wardrobe with the handcrafted jeweled heart shamrock earrings. Also, the beautiful Austrian crystal emerald Irish heart earrings are perfect for any ensemble. Lastly, the .925 sterling silver shamrock earrings will have you looking great for the holiday. You'll love the St. Patrick's day earring collection.