Archive for Saint Patrick’s Day Jewelry

Mar
17

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

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St Pattys Body Jewelry

You might think that the fun is over now that Saint Patty’s Day is winding to a close, but now is the perfect time to stock up on all the green, clover, Celtic, and Irish pride jewelry that makes this sweet celebration of Irish heritage so stylish.  Get a jump on next year with all of these awesome offerings now:

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Patrick’s Day Belly Rings
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Patrick’s Day Plugs
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Patrick’s Day Tongue Rings
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Patrick’s Day Earrings
Glow in the Dark St. Patty’s Day Jewelry Personalized
St. Patty’s Day Jewelry
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Mar
15

Body Jewelry Update: Four Leaf Clover

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lucky four leaf clover fashion

Remember finding your first four leaf clover as a kid?  You probably felt pretty lucky.  Well even though some of our beliefs have changed as adults, there’s one thing that for most of us has stayed the same: we still love the feeling of that lucky Irish boost.  But instead of trolling the meadows for shamrocks, the all-grown-up version is a tid bit more sophisticated.  The week of St. Patty’s is the perfect time to put that sweet little clover to use, and reap a festive fashion payoff.  Whether you choose crystal, enamel, gems, graphics, or just about any other representation of the clover, make sure that your Patty’s parade ensemble is showing four leaves, and you’re sure to feel a little bit lucky now too.

fabulous four leaf clover jewelry

Irish creature lore

If all you know about Ireland is that it inspires people of all nationalities to drink to excess every March 17th, you’ve taken for granted a land full of rich history and fantastic tales. Irish stories are full of some of the most incredible creatures you’ve probably never heard of; and those that are familiar are a far cry from their watered-down pop culture substitutes (looking at you, Lucky the Leprechaun).

Speaking of leprechauns: The earliest appearance of the leprechaun takes place in a medieval tale called Adventure of Fergus, Son of Léti. Fergus is dragged into the ocean by three lúchorpáin who grant him three wishes when he captures them in the act. Generally a loner, the leprechaun’s motivation is never entirely clear; although he is a trickster, he’s not seen as necessarily being bad – but nor is he entirely good. His pot of gold has been attributed to several possibilities, among them getting paid in gold for fixing or making shoes, the ability to find the end of the rainbow and the gold hidden in a crack there, and hiding crocks of treasure left behind by invading Danes or Vikings. The iconic green clothes? Those actually differ based on what part of Ireland he hails from. Many have him wearing red, with accessories (such as wands, swords, hat, and so on) changing depending on region. Definitely not what most of us think of when St. Pat’s rolls around.

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Did you know that Dracula author Bram Stoker was Irish? His creation was possibly inspired by a decidedly vampire-like creature in Irish folklore called a Dearg-due. This monster starts out as a lovely lady who is thwarted from marrying the man of her choice and forced into an arranged marriage by her uncaring father. In a somewhat strange act of defiance, the poor girl commits suicide and then comes back from the dead to take care of her father and husband by sucking out all of their blood. Fortunately, the Dearg-due only comes around once a year to use her feminine wiles to lure unsuspecting men to their doom. Another Irish fairy-muse-vampire is Leanan Sidhe. This beautiful woman inspires the artistically inclined, who then die from depression when she tires of them and takes off. She comes back for their carcasses and instead of sucking their blood, she collects it in a nice big pot, using it as the source of her inspiration. Reduce, reuse, recycle!

 Irish vampire lore

Another fearsome female is the banshee. Like the leprechaun, the appearance of the banshee is different depending on what part of Ireland is involved. The common thread is that she calls out when someone is about to die. If you actually see her? Bad news, because this means you’re probably going to die in a violent manner. The banshee is sometimes paired with another harbinger of death – the dullahan. Now, the dullahan is a special favorite of mine, because it’s very obviously the inspiration for “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The dullahan is a headless rider, usually on a horse, whose presence signifies trouble. He uses his head as a lantern to thunder through the darkness and he’s particularly active during Irish festivals or feast days. One of my favorite takes on the dullahan is a character called Celty from the Japanese novels/anime Durarara!! Here she’s more of a lost soul searching for her missing head; her steed is a big, black motorcycle, and she parcels out justice as well as fear. I just love her (and the Irish are probably horrified).

There are so many entities in Irish culture worth exploring; the above list barely scratches the surface. This year when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around and you’re getting ready to tuck into some corned beef and cabbage and wash it down with a Guinness, remember the legends that have made Irish heritage so worthy of celebration. And then go explore some more!

Mar
08

Body Jewelry Update: Luck of the Irish

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Irish girl with lucky clover

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.

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Celtic style for St Patty's Day

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.

different types of Celtic knot-work

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.

sweet Celtic knot belly rings

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.

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historic symbolism of the claddagh

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.

 Galway area map

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.

 beautiful claddagh body jewelry

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.

body mod and faery folk

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.”

 whimsical faery themed belly rings

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.

faery worthy ear adornments

Feb
24

Jewelry Fashion Fix: Going Green

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green fashion for St. Patty's

Cool Clover

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).

cute green clover body jewelry

Nifty Neon

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.

sweet neon green body jewelry

Green Sheen

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.

shining green titanium body jewelry

 

Saint Patrick's Day fun facts

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.

 Saint Patrick's Day green or 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.

pretty Irish Claddagh finger rings

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 greenBut did you know that this, one of the funnest holidays of the year, was originally based on something else?

pierced girl at St. Patty's Party

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.

Cute Shamrock Jewelry

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.”

colorful body jewelry for St. Patty's

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.

Cool Saint Patrick's Items