I hope I find you all well. Last week it was all about getting your green on and finding the perfect look for St. Patrick’s Day. For me, there’s nothing like adding a finishing touch to any outfit with a gorgeous piece of Irish jewelry to complete the look. So this week, I’ve chosen my top Irish jewelry picks. The colour green takes centre stage of the course and I’ve chosen pieces from the 4 of the most popular symbols in Irish jewelry design.
Lulu’s Top Irish Jewelry Picks For St.Patrick’s Day
Folklore states that it was St Patrick himself who brought the first Celtic Cross into being. The story goes that he saw a pagan standing stone imprinted with a circle. The circle was believed to be a pagan representation of the sun. St.Patrick blessed the stone and marked it with a Latin cross. You can still see centuries-old stone Celtic crosses all over Ireland. From Clonmacnoise in County Offaly to Drumcliff in County Sligo and the one pictured below in the churchyard at Down Cathedral, St.Patrick’s final resting place.
Our stunning Celtic cross pendant is a true show stopper and one of our all-time customer favourites. The arms are carved from 900 million-year-old Connemara Marble, Ireland’s ancient gemstone and are linked by 4 delicate Trinity knots. A single marcasite stone at the centre gives a subtle touch of sparkle. Handcrafted in Ireland from sterling silver and hallmarked at Dublin Castle.
Next up it’s the much-loved Claddagh. The name comes from the old fishing village just outside Galway city(pictured below). A Galway inhabitant named Richard Joyce was sold into slavery in Algiers. His master was a goldsmith who taught him the trade. While in captivity, the story goes that he fashioned the first Claddagh ring for his love who awaited him back home. The hands symbolize friendship, the crown loyalty and the heart love.
The Claddagh is given a unique twist in these stunning earrings. They’re handcrafted in county Dublin and feature an eye-catching emerald coloured stone. The perfect final splash of green for your St.Patrick’s Day look. There’s also a matching bangle available so why not get the set for the big day!
Staying with the Claddagh and this gorgeous pendant. There’s a choice of all 12 birthstones for this piece but here I’m highlighting the emerald crystal. The emerald is the May birthstone but whether you were born in May or not, I think you’ll agree this is the perfect piece of St.Patrick’s Day jewelry. Beautifully crafted in Ireland from sterling silver.
The harp has been associated with Ireland for centuries. According to legend, Brian Boru, the legendary high king of Ireland played the harp. In old Gaelic society, each chief of every clan would have a resident harpist to compose pieces in their honor. The harp also became the official emblem of the state in 1922, appearing on government documents, passports and Irish coins.
Our gorgeous harp pendant features age-old Connemara Marble for that essential touch of St.Patrick’s Day green. Beautifully crafted from sterling silver and hallmarked at Dublin Castle.
Well, it wouldn’t be St.Patrick’s Day without Ireland’s favourite good luck symbol, the shamrock. Shamrock comes from the Gaelic “seamróg” meaning “summer plant”. It is said to have been considered sacred by the druids with its trio of leaves, 3 is a mystical number. St.Patrick himself is also believed to have used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to early Celtic Christians. I’m sure many of us will be wearing the real thing on our lapels this St. Patrick’s Day but how about a stunning sterling silver pendant like the one featured above? Complete with polished Connemara Marble leaves.
6. Shamrock Earrings & Pendant Set
My final piece has to be the quintessential St. Patrick’s Day Irish jewelry set. The shamrocks sparkle brightly here in the emerald green crystal. Beautifully crafted from sterling silver in county Kilkenny from sterling silver.
So have you chosen your favourite? Don’t forget you can still order all your St Patrick’s day gifts in time for March 17th!!
Join me next week as the countdown to the big day continues.
See you next then,
Slán go fóill!