The Feast of St. Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday during which it is said the whole world turns Irish. In honor of the day and all things Irish, I've put together a blog of costume jewelry.
IRELANDSt. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland.
The harp is the national symbol of Ireland.
LEPRECHAUNS and RAINBOWS
A leprechaun is a fairy-like creature in traditional Irish folklore. Dressed in green, a leprechaun is usually seen as a bearded old man of dwarfish proportions. He loves mischief and pranks of all kinds and is in search of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
The Easter lily is a national symbol of peace.
The invention of the Claddagh ring is attributed to Richard Joyce, a fisherman from the village of Claddagh near Galway.The ring is designed with two hands clasping a heart topped with a crown, and symbolizes love, loyalty and friendship. The heart represents love, the hands represent friendship and the crown denotes loyalty or fidelity. BTW, the term is most commonly pronounced CLOD-ah.
Silver Claddagh Ring
Christian legend says that the first Celtic cross was formed by St Patrick while bringing Christianity to the Druids. The Druids worshiped a large circular stone. St Patrick, on seeing the significance of this stone, drew a large cross through the middle of it in order to bless it.
CLOVERS and SHAMROCKS
The shamrock is a three-leaf clover that grows abundantly in Ireland. Some people say that St. Patrick used the shamrock to spread Christianity in Ireland, since the three leaves of the plant could represent the Holy Trinity. Other people say that the shamrock and the number three were considered magical in Celtic tradition, so this plant was believed to bring good luck. The fourth leaf on a 4-leaf clover denotes extra luck!
Connemara marble is type of marble found in Ireland. It is one of the rarest forms of marble in the world. It dates back over 600 million years, to the Precambrian Era. The marble itself is formed when limestone is heated under pressure. The color is predominately green with shades of grey and brown seen throughout.
The famous Blarney Stone is a block of Connemara marble built into the wall of Blarney Castle.
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