Archive for Saint Patrick’s Day Jewelry
What’s better than finding a four leaf clover? Wearing one of course! When it comes to luck, nobody knows better than the Irish, and with Saint Patty’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to capitalize on that little bit o’ luck. Lucky clover, lucky horseshoes, lucky sevens, and more, all abound to make your St. Patrick’s the best and brightest. There might even be a lucky Irish kiss in the cards, so don’t forget to layer up with these celebratory staples, and let the serendipity work its magic.
As the modified generation experiences a cultural resurgence, many of us our turning to our ancestral roots for a deeper understanding of who we are, and who we want to be. And what better time than at the holy grail of Irish-American holidays to explore the style of our Celtic ancestors? For anyone who has Irish or Celtic blood, discovering the beauty of traditional Celtic and Gaelic design is a perfect vehicle for connecting with our heritage.
There are many intricate tribal elements that were commonly used for tattooing, jewelry, or other adornment by our Irish forefathers, but variations of a few remain popular even today. Amongst the most notable: the Celtic knot, the Celtic cross, and the tree of life. Most often depictions of flora, fauna, and celestial bodies would find their way into tattoos or amulets, as the Celtic connection to the natural world was known to run deep throughout all aspects of their culture.
In modern times, the Celtic knot has become a symbol of Irish heritage, and is frequently associated with Saint Patrick’s Day jewelry. Popular variations of the knot include the “love knot” (generally depicted as a heart-shaped knot, or two infinity symbols crossed over one another), the trinity knot (which dates back to St. Patrick’s conversion of the Irish and represents the Christian trinity), and the square or “shield knot,” which was often placed on the shield or in the tattoos of warriors to protect them from harm.
The meaning of many traditional shapes in knot-work has unfortunately been lost to time, but as long as we continue to have Irish descendents, the Celtic knot will live on, and continue to influence our fashion sense.
The Claddagh ring is one of Ireland’s great historical mysteries, as nobody can be sure exactly how it came to exist. There are literally dozens of origin stories, but many of them are rich in folklore and symbolism, none of them appearing to be entirely factual. A few things however, can be certain, like how this beautiful design got its name.
Centuries ago, the clasped hands and heart ring made its first official appearance in small fishing village located just outside Galway, Ireland called Claddagh. A number of sources connect the specific design of the ring with a particular family or “clan” known as the Joyce clan. Some tales include divine providence or reward, whilst others feature true and everlasting love, citing it as the inspiration behind the joining of three elements: love, loyalty, and friendship.
The heart, representing love, is crowned with loyalty, and held by two hands coming together in a pact of camaraderie. If any Irishman wished to win the hand of a beautiful woman, the presentation of a claddagh ring as his engagement gift would surely have proven his devotion.
Today, the tradition begun in Ireland is repeated by Irish and non-Irish alike. To wear the claddagh on your right hand with the point of the heart facing outward means you’re looking for love, while pointing the heart inwards means your heart has been captured or isn’t open to new prospects. Similarly, when worn on the left hand, a heart pointing out is the sign of engagement, and pointing inwards indicates a marriage or common-law relationship.
One of the more unique things about the claddagh ring in particular, is that it’s used not only by women, but men as well. For many in modern times, the claddagh indicates Irish ancestry, and in simpler versions is most certainly unisex. Over the years variations including gems, colors, or the addition of other Celtic motifs have sprung up, but the symbolism behind the iconic designs remains unchanged and beautifully romanticized.
Everybody knows what fairies are, but in Irish folklore, an entire world exists that’s full of diverse and unique magical creatures, also known as faery folk or fae. These include the beautiful pixies we traditionally think of as fairies, along with gnomes, goblins, trolls, cobalts, faery lords, wood nymphs, sprites, elves, wee folk (leprechauns), and other preternatural beings.
A great deal of lore surrounding the fae is taken from older Gaelic and Middle English traditions, sometimes citing various species of faery folk as actual pre-Celtic tribes who were forced into hiding by advancing human societies. The belief that these creatures were pushed into the deep reaches of the forest is reinforced by the concept of a separate realm developing around them, this space often called simply “faerie.”
One of the more interesting things about the creatures of Irish folklore in particular however, lies in their popular depictions both old and new. Many times the beautiful fairies or pixies, along with natural spirits like nymphs, are seen as having elaborate Celtic style tattoos or body markings. Commonly these will include vines, trees, and knots. The idea of decorative jewelry including intricate headdresses and large, stately earrings is prevalent as well, as are certain small changes in body shaping, the best known of these being the pointed ear, and curled or extended toes.
With the resurgence of Celtic and Northern European culture, so too the variety of faery costume accessories has risen, with many enthusiastic new artisans now beginning to offer ornate handcrafted items. Faery necklaces, headpieces, and stunning ear jewelry are just a few of the offerings now enhancing fairytale cos-play. Though there may not be much truth behind the faery folk legends, their popularization has given us a fashionable reason to play some adult dress-up, even if it is only for Saint Patrick’s Day.
Saint Patrick’s Day is coming on fast, and even if you’re nowhere near Irish, it promises to be a magnificent celebration. So how do you doll it up for the mean green party? Just rock your shamrocks and you’ll fit right in. Whether it’s glitter, green gems, or just some funky clover print, flying with your four-leafers on lets everyone know you’re in the holiday spirit (and a little extra luck never hurt anybody either).
If you’re more of a rager than a ’round the pub type, then a little dose of dangerous is essential for Patty’s Day fun. Enter the neon green accessories. Baubles, bows, birdies, and anchors are just the beginning when it comes to heating up this Irish heritage holiday. So take your cues from Demi Lovato and burn it up with your own neon lights. Just don’t be surprised if you get some extra attention, because in these hot little numbers, you’re bound to be the life of the party.
For gals who can’t say no to green, staying classic is as easy as 1-2-3: one brilliant hue, two sparkling gems, and three times the wow factor for your favorite Irish ensemble. High shine titanium in a variety of beautiful shades blends into your outfit effortlessly and imparts a little oomph that’ll leaving feeling lucky.
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.