Hi Everyone. Recently we’ve had lots of enquiries from our customers regarding Connemara Marble. So I thought it was time to revisit the history of Ireland’s ancient gemstone. It also gives me an excuse to share some of my top Irish jewelry picks from The Irish Store Collection!
Connemara is a region in county Galway. The word Connemara comes from the Gaelic meaning “Inlets for the Sea”. When you go there you cannot help but be bowled over by it’s awe-inspiring beauty. I think Oscar Wilde described it best when he spoke of the region possessing a “savage beauty” . Here’s a video of my visit with Stephen Walsh at his marble quarry.
What is Connemara Marble?
Connemara Marble is a rare form of marble found in the region. It is typically greenish in colour. It is one of the rarest forms of marble in the world. Deposits date back some 600 million years! The marble forms when limestone is heated under pressure. While the colour is predominately green there are often shades of grey and brown seen throughout. 4000 year old axes made from Connemara Marble in the Stone Age can be seen in The National Museum of Ireland.
The Streamstown Marble Quarry
Streamstown Marble quarry in Clifden is the oldest of the marble quarries. It was opened in 1822 by the Joyce Family. The Joyce name was to become synonymous with Connemara Marble supplying world-famous buildings with the Ireland’s iconic marble. One of the finest examples of Connemara Marble in Ireland forms the stunning floor of Galway Cathedral.
Other examples can be found in Westminster Cathedral, London’s General Post Office and the Natural History Museum in Oxford. In 1895, New York marble merchant Robert C Fisher imported large quantities to the States. It adorns many buildings, especially churches and cathedrals. The most famous examples in America can be seen in the Senate Chamber and Senate Post Office of the State Capital Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Of course today Connemara Marble is hugely popular in Celtic jewelry design. Here’s our top 3 favorite pieces from The Irish Store.
Lulus Top Connemara Marble Jewelry Picks
1. Marcasite & Connemara Marble Celtic Cross
We’ll start with our 5-star rated Celtic cross pendant. There’s so much to love about this gorgeous necklace. First of all, there’s the exquisitely crafted Trinity knot detailing. Then there’s the highly polished arms of Connemara Marble, Ireland’s unique and ancient gemstone. Finally, there’s the single marcasite stone at the centre, giving a touch of subtle sparkle. Crafted from sterling silver and hallmarked at Dublin Castle.
2. Silver Connemara Marble Claddagh Ring
So next up it’s another 5 star customer favorite. The eye-catching green marble stone forms the centerpiece of this beautiful Claddagh ring, while the band features an exquisitely woven Celtic knot design. Beautifully crafted from sterling silver.
3. Connemara Marble Celtic Tara Brooch
This stunning Celtic pin draws inspiration from one of Ireland’s iconic treasures, the Tara Brooch. Discovered in the 19th century and dating back to 700 AD. A stunning example of early Celtic art. A stand out Irish brooch and the perfect gift from the Emerald Isle.
So why not own your own little piece of ancient Ireland from our gorgeous collection of Connemara Marble Jewelry. And don’t forget to use BLOG10 at the checkout to receive a 10% discount!
See you next week.
Slán go fóill!
A friend of mine just got back from a trip to Ireland (his home country) and brought me back some beautiful pieces of Connemara Marble. They are gorgeous. I have always wanted to visit Ireland. My husband and I had plans and 2 days before finalizing our trip he was diagnosed with Cancer, so we never made it, but it is still a dream of mine to make that trip in his honor.
Sandy, that’s so moving – I hope that you’re alright after such bad news last year. Have you made the trip?
We are interested in your marble factory. Please send more information. Thanks, Bill
for Sandie O’Dea – I hope you have found a way to get to Ireland and complete you and your husband’s trip there. This is a place of magic, old mysteries and immersion in the beauty of oceans, rocks, wind, castles and fairies. The Celtic Garden of Eden!!!
Hi. I made this bas relief carving of a celtic treeoflife in Connemara marble. I would love to be a supplier for you. Contact me when you are interested. I cannot attach a picture to this message It is perfect for yout customerd. I bought my material from Ciot Marble. http://Www.drawnfromstone.com Sue Conner
Many thanks for getting in touch. Your work is beautiful. We’ve completed our product selections for this year but we will definitely include you for consideration next year.
Wishing you continued success,
Is the Connemara Marble easy to get? what’s the price like, does anybody know?
Thanks for reading. We have a great range of Connemara Marble jewelry at The Irish Store at great prices. See the link below.
I bought a bracelet from the store in Ireland in 2008 and it is broken. I am coming to Ireland in Oct 2019 and would like to know if I could get it repaired at the same place I bought it?
Thanks for taking the time to read the blog. I’m sorry but you couldn’t have bought your bracelet from our store as we didn’t exist in 2008. I hope you find somewhere to get it fixed. Here’s a link to our bracelets page if you’re in the market for a new one!
Have a great trip to Ireland!
I have 4 pieces that were made into heart that my great great great grandfather kept when he worked on the staircase of the earl and countess of BUCKINGHAM shires home. He was a stonemason.
They have been passed down in our family but I would like them made into a necklace or broach just worried they may break being so old
Wow-what a precious family heirloom to have. I would suggest going to a local specialist jeweler for advice on how to make them into a piece of jewelry. I think it would be too risky to send them overseas.
Thanks for reading!
I saw a Connemara marble golf ball at the gift shop in Connemara where the statue is across the street. I’ve been looking for one ever since. Do you know where I can find a few to purchase? Thank you
I have to say I’ve never heard of such a thing. I suggest you contact out supplier-I’ve included a link to his website below. They know all there is to know about Connemara Marble!
Thanks for reading
Happy New Year!
My Daddy (yes he’s still my Daddy even tho I’m 46 years old!!)
Went to Ireland before I was born & sent my Mom a Connemara ring while he was there. This Christmas while
Visiting my parents for the holidays, my mom showed me the
Ring. I was so taken by the old style charm & beauty coupled with the story of my Daddy sending it to my mom that my parents then decided that I should have it.
I love the ring with all my heart and I have worn it everyday all day. My question to you is, I want to continue to wear it always, but I want to be certain that the marble isn’t going to take any hurt. Does it require special care? I can’t find a direct answer on line!
What a precious ring to have-I wish much health to wear it. Connemara Marble is really hardy and has been in the deep in the landscape of Connemara for millions of years. Here’s some care guidelines from Connemara Marble;
Always protect your jewellery from sharp blows, scratching, chemicals, sunlight and heat/cold. Ideally, store your jewellery in a soft lined box or pouch. Try to keep pieces apart, so that they don’t rub together or tangle up.
Wear jewellery for appropriate tasks, avoid wearing rings when cleaning, gardening or performing sports activities.
Don’t let your jewellery come into contact with nail polish removers, perfume and hairspray
Clean your jewellery regularly, use a professional jewellery cleaning product (always read the manufacturers instructions)
When washing your hands (away from home) – don’t place your rings on the wash basin – remove them and place them onto your necklace or place in a pouch in your handbag/purse
Never go swimming in your jewellery, chlorine in swimming pools can cause damage
In 1956 I visited Ireland, my mother’s homeland. I was fortunate in that I was able to finally meet my grand[aren’ts, aunts, uncles and cousins. As well, I took a fairly long bus tour from Dublin that showed me parts of Ireland never to be forgotten. Connemara was one of the places and I still wear a Connemara marble ring – oval-shaped, surrounded by marcasite. I love it still!!
What lovely memories of Ireland to have Roberta and a it sounds like you have a very special piece of Celtic jewelry too!
Thanks so much for reading,
There is a short documentary film about the Connemara marble and the Streamstown quarry.
Hi I am looking for Connemara beads wholesale can you help?
I van highly recommend our supplier, Stephen Walsh. They’re based in Dublin. Website below.
Does any Connemara marble come from County Clare?
Connemara Marble comes from the Connemara region in County Galway.
Are cremation boxes available for purchase?
Probably best to contact Stephen Walsh at Connemara Marble directly with your enquiry. Website link below;
I have a beautiful silver pin in the shape of a harp with a piece of Connemara marble. How do you recommend cleaning this piece of jewelry without damaging the marble?
Hello! Is there anywhere to get a “chunk” of connemara marble? When I was a child there was a chunk of green rock at home – various shades of green- that I remember asking if it was real. It looked like what I would call a geode. When I first went to Ireland and saw the Connemara marble at a small family business, I immediately realized what that stone with the shades of green was! Sadly, it went missing years ago. It must have come to the states with my great grandfather as a piece of “the old sod” when he sadly left Ireland.
I’d love to try to find a piece of the raw marble. Is there anywhere possible? Many thanks for any information.
At The Irish Store we only do Connemara Marble jewelry but check out the link below where you can find authentic Connemara Marble blocks and wishing stones.