Celtic Jewelry, Celtic Knot Meanings, Irish Traditions

The Tradition of Ancient Celtic Jewelry

Celtic Jewelry for Men

While the exact origins of Celtic Knots in ancient Celtic Jewelry are lost to time scholars largely believe these Celtic symbols more than likely date to around 500 BC. Celtic knots and Celtic knot artwork images have been found carved and drawn on ancient Celtic architecture, art and in illuminated manuscripts like the Book of Kells. The first ancient examples of Celtic Jewelry are thought to date back to approximately 2000 BC to around 550 AD. It is during this period scholars widely believe the Celts and Celtic craftsman began working with silver and gold to craft beautiful intricate Celtic jewelry decorated with designs featuring Celtic symbols and Celtic knots.

The exact meaning the ancient Celts intended Celtic knots to represent has unfortunately been lost in through the centuries. Generally Celtic Knot meaning in jewelry has been left to interpretation by talented designer like Jennifer Derrig of The Irish Jewelry Company. Original ancient Celtic knot designs can be found embossed on large Celtic crosses in stone all over Ireland that have with stood the test of time and are depicted in metal work and Celtic jewelry on ancient riches like the Ardagh Chalice part of the Ardagh Hoard on display at National Museum of Archaeology in Ireland in Dublin.

Celtic Jewelry is so highly sought after and admired throughout the world especially well designed Celtic Jewelry. Tourists to Ireland and the Celtic Nations often wonder about the local crafts the country is famous for creating. Ireland is famous for a variety of crafts including wool sweaters and its famous world-renowned Celtic Jewelry.

What jewelry is Ireland known for?

Ireland is known for beautiful Celtic Jewelry inspired by the ancient Celtic philosophy . Celtic jewelry is steeped in culture from Ireland with symbols of love, family, faith, and friendship passed for generations. Celtic jewelry has timeless appeal and is a wonderful representation of the vibrant Irish culture and people.

Celtic jewelry also called Irish jewelry is high quality and handcrafted inspired by all things Irish and made from the finest material by expert Irish jewelers. When a customer buys a piece of Celtic jewelry such as a Claddagh Ring, or Celtic Trinity Knot they are not only getting a beautiful piece of jewelry they are also passing on traditional Celtic culture and custom.

Celtic Cross Jewelry

The Celtic cross is one of the most revered symbols of Ireland and of Irish culture. Few symbols are as renowned as the embodiment of Celtic Christianity like the Celtic cross worldwide. The Celtic Cross is basically a Latin cross with a circle of light, or a halo intersecting it. This cross also known as the Irish cross or the cross of Iona is a famous Christian symbol that has its roots in paganism.  The cross with a circle of light emerged in France and Britain in the middle ages and predates Christianity. It was adopted by Irish missionaries from the 9th through the 12th centuries.

Celtic Cross pendants and Irish Cross necklaces are inspired by the brilliant history and cultural symbolism of the standing stone crosses of Ireland like those at Clonmacnoise monastery. Celtic Crosses are inspired by beautiful Irish crosses reproduced in Silver and Gold with elaborate inscriptions like the ones on ancient Irish high crosses all over Ireland. Celtic crosses are world renowned by those who love all things Irish and Irish culture.

Traditional Celtic Knot Jewelry

Celtic Knots are a popular Celtic symbol but there are many types of Celtic Knots. Celtic knots are like circles and loops interwoven with no beginning or end. Celtic knots are a  symbol of eternity and the cycle of life. Celtic symbols are widely popular in Celtic Knot Tattoos and in Celtic Knot Jewelry. Celtic knot symbols have a variety of Celtic Knot meanings representing family, strength, protection, love and more.

Authentic Celtic knot jewelry is steeped in Celtic tradition, Celtic jewelry history and Celtic heritage. Often Celtic knot jewelry meaning come from unique symbols of Irish, Scottish and Celtic culture. Symbols like the shamrock, Celtic knot and Irish harp to the wonderful Claddagh ring which has gained fame around the world.

About us: The Irish Jewelry Company was founded by award-winning designer Jennifer Derrig.  The Irish Jewelry Company Claddagh collection offers classic and contemporary Claddagh rings, all handcrafted.

Explore The Irish Jewelry Company Claddagh ring collection today and start your own Irish tradition today.

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Flaunt your Irish Pride with Saint Patrick’s Day Jewelry

Saint Patrick’s Day is the time-honored Irish holiday always celebrated on March 17th.

The luck of the Irish is always celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day that has become a global celebration of Irish culture usually celebrated with parades and pub gatherings. On St. Patrick’s Day many people of Irish decent flaunt there best Irish jewelry proudly. Adding a beautiful piece of Irish jewelry, like a claddagh ring, emerald green shamrock earrings or Harp Brooch to your St. Patrick’s Day look adds the perfect festive finishing touch. Luckily, there’s still time to get your perfect Irish gift a piece of St. Patrick’s Day jewelry in time for March 17th. Your local St. Patrick’s Day parade might be canceled in 2021 but your Irish spirit has not been. So treat yourself to a special piece of Irish jewelry to lift your spirits or give an Irish gift of jewelry, a unique present for a special someone who can use a little Irish luck. 

The Claddagh Ring Means Friendship, Love and Loyalty

The Claddagh Ring, arguably the most versatile piece of Irish jewelry is world renowned, and are worn by both men and women, single or taken. Irish Claddagh rings are named for the ancient fishing village of Claddagh, near Galway, Ireland, dating back to the 17th century. The Claddagh ring in Irish is fáinne Chladaigh and is a traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty, and friendship. The hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty. The Irish Claddagh ring, as currently known, was first produced in the 17th century.

The Shamrock, the symbol of Ireland.

The majestic shamrock was chosen as the national symbol of Ireland because Saint Patrick used the 3 leafed clover to teach the Holy Trinity to the pagan Celts. The Celts understood the significance of the shamrock forming a triad because they believed three was a mystical number. The Trinity is the idea that God is really three-in-one: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. The word shamrock can be traced back to the Irish word seamróg or seamair óg, meaning “little clover”. The tradition of wearing a Shamrock on Saint Patrick’s Day can be traced back to the early 1700s. The Irish have long considered shamrocks as good-luck symbols and today people of many other nationalities also believe they bring good luck. Shamrock jewelry has gained in popularity in recent times.  In Ireland shamrocks and shamrock jewelry are traditionally worn at weddings for good luck. Often tucked in a bouquet or used as filler with a boutonniere. Today lucky Irish shamrock jewelry is available in a wide select of shamrock earrings, shamrock brooch,  shamrock necklaces and shamrock rings.

What is the Irish Harp?

The Irish harp is a political symbol of Ireland. for centuries. The exact origin of the Irish Harp is really known. The Irish Harp is a symbol of Ireland and Irish pride. The Irish harp became an emblem of resistance to the Crown and England. The Irish harp, although not as renowned as the shamrock is the official emblem of Ireland. The Irish harp status as the official insignia of Ireland dates centuries and the elegant instrument’s history talks much about the history of the Emerald Isle. Our elegant Irish Harp Brooch and Irish Harp Necklace accented by brilliant gold shamrocks is a noteworthy piece of Irish jewelry.

About us: The Irish Jewelry Company was founded by award-winning designer Jennifer Derrig.  The Irish Jewelry Company Claddagh collection offers classic and contemporary Claddagh rings, all handcrafted.

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Shamrocks: A Symbol of Ireland

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE SHAMROCK?

The Meaning of the Irish Shamrock, the symbol of Ireland. The word shamrock comes from the Old Irish “seamróg”, which can be translated as “little clover”. The Irish word for clover is “seamair”, and óg means “young” or “little”.

What is the difference between a shamrock and a clover?

The shamrock and the clover plants are often confused. Shamrocks are in fact a species of the clover plant.The shamrock is most common 3-leaf clover native to the beautiful Emerald Isle. A clover must have three leaves to be considered a shamrock. If the clover has more or less, then it is not a shamrock.

Why is the shamrock a symbol of Ireland?

The majestic shamrock that adorn Irish jewelry today was chosen as the national symbol of Ireland because Saint Patrick used the 3 leafed clover to teach the Holy Trinity to the pagan Celts. The Celts understood the significance of the shamrock forming a triad because they believed three was a mystical number. The Trinity is the idea that God is really three-in-one: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. The word shamrock can be traced back to the Irish word seamróg or seamair óg, meaning “little clover”. The tradition of wearing a Shamrock on Saint Patrick’s Day can be traced back to the early 1700s. The Irish have long considered shamrocks as good-luck symbols and today people of many other nationalities also believe they bring good luck. Shamrock jewelry has gained in popularity in recent times.  In Ireland shamrocks and shamrock jewelry are traditionally worn at weddings for good luck. Often tucked in a bouquet or used as filler with a boutineer.

What is the meaning of a 4 Leaf Clover?

According to Irish lore, each leaf represents: Love, Respect, Wealth, and Health. To find a four-leaf clover is a rare thing making it very lucky  to find.

Shamrock Necklaces Popularized in Irish Jewelry

Erin Go Bragh Pendant and the Irish Hard Pendant by The Irish Jewelry Company

Shamrock necklaces, inspired by Ireland’s national symbol. Get the Luck of the Irish with a traditional shamrock pendant! The shamrock is believed to bring good luck and not just to the Irish. In Ireland shamrocks are traditionally worn at weddings for good luck. Brides sometimes pin a shamrock charm to their bouquet.

About us: The Irish Jewelry Company was founded by award-winning designer Jennifer Derrig.  The Irish Jewelry Company collection offers classic and contemporary Irish Jewelry including Claddagh rings, all handcrafted.

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Saint Patrick’s Day History and Tradition

As that old saying goes “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day“. Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular Irish holidays celebrated world wide by the Irish and non Irish a like. Saint Patrick’s Day is actually the Feast day of Ireland’s patron saint known as Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, also widely known as “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”). St. Patrick’s Day for the Irish is a popular cultural celebration as well as a religious celebration held on 17 March.  The feast day of St. Patrick is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). Saint Patrick is the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Who was Saint Patrick? 

Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary and is regarded as the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick lived from AD 373–493, and ministered mostly in Northern Ireland from AD 433 until his death. Irish legend credits Patrick with banishing snakes from the island of Ireland although Ireland never actually had snakes. Let’s just chalk that up to some poetic license. It has however been suggested that snakes referred to the serpent symbolism of the pagans also called the Druids. Saint Patrick is also credited with teaching the Irish about the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock and a three-leaved clover. Legend also says St. Patrick, while preaching Christianity, drew a cross through a Celtic circle symbolic of the moon Goddess. Hence the Celtic cross was born. Today the circle of the cross is viewed as a of God’s endless love.

New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Irish-American immigrants brought Saint Patrick’s Day to the United States. The first civic and public celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day took place in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737. The first celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day in New York City was held at the Crown and Thistle Tavern in 1756. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated by Irish and non-Irish alike. Regardless of ethnic background, everyone wears green-colored clothing and items. Traditionally, those who are caught not wearing green are pinched. The NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade has become the largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade in the world, outside Ireland. In 2006 more than 150,000 marchers participated in it, including Irish bands, Irish firefighters, Irish military and Irish police groups, county associations, Irish emigrant societies, Emerald Societies, and social and Irish cultural clubs, and it was watched by close to two million spectators lining the streets.

Why do we wear green on St Patrick’s Day?

Old Irish folklore says that wearing green makes one invisible to mischievous creatures like leprechauns, fairies who pinch those not wearing the green.  As a matter of superstition people began pinching anyone not wear green as a reminder that leprechauns were lurking about.

The origin of the “wearing of the green” dress code for St Patrick’s Day dates can be dated to the 1798 Irish Rebellion, the major uprising against the British in Ireland. It was during this rebellion when the shamrock, a three leaf clover became a symbol of Irish nationalism.

Today many people adorn themselves with lucky shamrock jewelry on St. Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick’s Day jewelry such as Shamrock jewelry including shamrock earrings, and an Irish necklace like a shamrock necklace makes the perfect Irish accessory for the festive holiday.

Another symbol of Irish pride worn on St. Patrick’s Day is the Irish Harp. Irish harps are worn as Irish harp brooches and Irish harp necklaces. The Irish harp, although not as renowned as the shamrock is the official emblem of Ireland. The Irish harps status as the official insignia of Ireland dates centuries and the elegant instrument’s history tells much about the history of the Emerald Isle.

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Learn How to Pronounce the Word “Claddagh” Like a Real Irishman

Irish or not, if you want to give a token of your friendship, love and loyalty that has meaning, the Claddagh rings may be the choice for you. Claddagh rings, are often mistakenly spelt Clatter Ring or Clodagh Ring, like it sounds (Irish: fáinne Chladaigh) is a traditional Irish ring. The Claddagh ring means eternal love, loyalty, and friendship. Claddagh rings consists of a heart with a crown held by two hands symbolizing love, loyalty and friendship. Claddagh Rings have become a world renowned symbol of love.

How to Pronounce the word Claddagh …

So many people often mispronounce the word Claddagh. Learning how to pronounce claddagh correctly is important. The Gaelic spelling of the word tells us that ‘Cladach’ was originally pronounced [klad-ukh] and sounded out with a hard, guttural ending common to Irish words. The word Claddagh is pronounced more commonly now without the ‘gaelic touch’ as [klad-uh].

About us: The Irish Jewelry Company was founded by award-winning designer Jennifer Derrig.  The Irish Jewelry Company Claddagh collection offers classic and contemporary Claddagh rings, all handcrafted.

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Single or Taken? What a Claddagh ring says about your relationship status

Imagine what it would be like to experience every stage of love, loyalty, and friendship. The claddagh story is an Irish folklore steeped in romantic tradition.

A Claddagh Ring is an Irish ring that symbolizes friendship, loyalty and love. Did you know a claddagh ring is like a beacon announcing to the world your relationship status? The claddagh ring is basically the original Tinder before the days of digital dating. Irish tradition literally tells the wearers relationship status according to the direction the heart on the ring is facing. There has been much debate as to whether you can buy yourself a claddagh ring or it has to bee given as a gift. But learning the claddagh ring traditions and the correct way how to wear a claddagh ring is must for the health of your love life single or not.       

How do you wear a claddagh ring?

  • To wear a Claddagh ring on the right hand with the crown turned outwards, away from you indicates that the wearer is single.
  • To wear a Claddagh ring on the right hand with the crown turned inward, towards you symbolizes that the wearer is being courted in a relationship.
  • To wear a Claddagh ring on the left hand with the crown turned outwards, away from you indicates a romantic engagement.
  • To wear a Claddagh ring on the left hand with the crown turned inward, towards you on the left hand indicates marriage.

What are is claddagh tradition?

There is a claddagh tradition in Ireland. In Ireland it is traditional for mothers to hand down claddagh rings to their daughters. The Claddagh has been worn since Roman times! The beautiful meaning of the claddagh ring has made the claddagh ring a celebrated romantic gift for people of all nationalities. But none can argue that the claddagh ring holds a rather special meaning to those romantics of Irish heritage.

 Origin of the Claddagh Ring

It has been said that the traditional Irish Claddagh Ring dates back to the 17th century. As the Claddagh story goes it first came from the small fishing village of Claddagh in County Galway, Ireland. There are many folktales claiming the origin of the Irish Claddagh ring but the most popular story of the claddagh is about the Joyce family.

It is said the earliest known claddagh ring has the makers mark of a silversmith, what we now caller a jeweler by the name of Richard Joyce who worked during the 1700’s.  Irish legend says that Richard Joyce himself was the lad captured and enslaved by Algerians and sold to a Moorish goldsmith where he learned his craft of silversmiths.

How is the word Claddagh pronounce?

The Irish word Claddagh pronunciation is [klah-duh]. It is also called a fáinne Chladaigh in Irish or in Gaelic the Cladach pronounced [klad-ukh]. Pronouncing the word Claddagh is now more commonly pronounced without the Gaelic accent as simply [klad-uh].

What is the meaning of claddagh rings?

So what do claddagh rings mean? Irish or not, if you want to give a token of your friendship, love and loyalty that has meaning, the Claddagh rings may be the choice for you. Claddagh rings, are often mistakenly spelt Clatter Ring or Clodagh Ring, like it sounds (Irish: fáinne Chladaigh) is a traditional Irish ring. The Claddagh ring means eternal love, loyalty, and friendship. Claddagh rings consists of a heart with a crown held by two hands symbolizing love, loyalty, and friendship. Claddagh Rings have become a world-renowned symbol of love.

About us: The Irish Jewelry Company was founded by award-winning designer Jennifer Derrig.  The Irish Jewelry Company Claddagh collection offers classic and contemporary Claddagh rings, all handcrafted.

Explore The Irish Jewelry Company Claddagh ring collection today and start your own Irish tradition today.

Celtic Jewelry

8 Popular Celtic Knots in Jewelry and Meaning

Throughout history of the Celtic Knot and its meaning have been an important part of Irish heritage and culture. Many Celtic knots have been used as artwork by the ancient Celts to decorate monuments, Celtic jewelry and important manuscript works such as the Book of Kells.  Celtic knots and their meanings have long been associated with traditional Irish culture and adorned many things like Celtic jewelry even to this day.

Celtic Knots are a popular Celtic symbol but there are many types of Celtic Knots. Celtic knots are like circles and loops interwoven with no beginning or end. A symbol of eternity and the cycle of life. Celtic symbols are widely popular in Celtic Tattoos and in Celtic Jewelry. Celtic symbols have a variety of Celtic Knot meanings representing family, strength, protection, love and more.

While the exact origins of Celtic Knots are lost to time historians believe these Celtic symbols date to around 500 BC. Celtic knots have been found carved into ancient Celtic architecture, art and in illuminated manuscripts.  Celtic Jewelry is thought to date back to around 2000 BC to around 550 AD. This was the period in which historian believe Celtic craftsman began using silver and gold to craft beautiful Celtic jewelry adorned with Celtic symbols and knots.

The exact meaning of the Celtic knot has unfortunately been lost in through the centuries and are left to interpretation. The designs are embossed on large Celtic stone crosses all over Ireland that have with stood the test of time and are depicted in metal work and Celtic jewelry on ancient riches like the Ardagh Chalice part of the Ardagh Hoard on display at National Museum of Archaeology in Ireland in Dublin.

Celtic Family Knot

Our Celtic Family Knot Pendant is a stunning reminder of the beauty of family love. Celtic knots are eternal and strong like the bond that holds a family together. The Celtic Family Knot is an intricate and strong knot. Each weave represents a family member. 

Trinity Knot

Much like the shamrock the Triquetra knot or the Trinity knot was used by Christians to represent the Holy Trinity. In modern times the Trinity knot is now interpreted as the Irish love knot. The trinity knot’s interlaced and unbroken lines symbolize spiritual growth, eternal life and undying love. So, profess your love and give her the Irish love knot!

Celtic Love Knot

The Celtic love knot is a modern-day Irish tradition. Also known as the trinity knot, it is a religious symbol with both pagan and Christians heritage. In Celtic mythology, knots especially Celtic love knots symbolize the sacred geometry of the universe and being. It is customary to give a loved one a gift with thetrinity knot, or Celtic Love Knot,  like a necklace or ring, to embody feelings of love.

Celtic Eternity Knot

The Celtic eternity knot an ancient symbol of an interwoven spiritual path, endless love, and friendship. The eternity knot is a symmetrical knot that ties into itself without a visible beginning or end. The saying, “tying the knot” means to get married or engaged originates from the ancient Celtic custom of hand-fasting. In this Celtic custom of a couple having their hands bound together with an endless knot (or an eternity knot) in a symbolic ritual that binds them together as one forever.

Celtic Mothers Knot

Many Celtic Symbols have influenced many aspects of daily life especially motherhoodCeltic motherhood symbols in general represent the natural cycles of life, love, and the strength of the unbroken bond. The Celtic motherhood knot naturally lends itself as a symbol for Celtic Family. But perhaps the best example of a Celtic knot motherhood symbol representing the Celtic family is the Motherhood Knot called the Celtic Mothers Knot.

The Celtic Mothers Knot is an unassuming stylized holy trinity with a parent and child embrace is representative of the Madonna and child. Combined with a Celtic trinity knot it is a true testament to the enduring bond between a mother, her child, faith, and their Celtic heritage.

The Celtic Sisters Knot

The Sisters Knot is a symbol of sisterhood and the strong, eternal bond we share with our sisters and friends. The intricate Celtic knot heart is an unbroken line symbolic of an everlasting love. The stylized triquetra or triple spiral, woven within the Celtic knot heart symbolizes the three stages of woman. The three stages of woman are maid, mother, and wise woman. Where are you and your sisters on the spiral of life? Celebrate the powerful, lifelong bond of friendship between women with our Celtic Sisters Knot necklace.

Celtic Friendship Knot

There has been a very long-standing Irish tradition and understanding of the beautiful power and strength of friendship. The bonds of a Celtic friendship are a very spiritual connection that emphasizes the mutual importance of truth and trust between two friends. Any Celtic Friendship Knot is said to harbor the essence of friendship simply due to their implied symbolic meanings: Unity, union, partnering, joining, eternity, unbreakable, strength, and a host of like attributes.

Celtic Friendship Knot Jewelry is a magnificent example of the spirit of true friendship. With intertwined endless lines, the Celtic Friendship Knot design represents the enduring bond between kindred souls. For true friendship knows no barriers and no end. A spiritual bond forever growing separately but never apart.

Celtic Family Knot

The Celtic symbol for family and Celtic motherhood is the  Celtic Family Knot.  It represents the strong family bond that units a clan. This original Celtic Family Knot design is great for all moms as a symbol of family love and Celtic Motherhood. Celtic knot symbols have always inspired ways to express aspects of our Irish Celtic family lives. the Celtic symbol for the family represented in jewelry and Celtic family knot tattoos inspirations are a popular to express one’s strong Celtic family bonds.

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6 Most Admired Irish Symbols in Jewelry

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Irish jewelry is steeped in Irish tradition and Celtic symbolism. It is full of mysticism and deep spiritual meaning, representing love, life cycles and faith.  Irish symbols in Irish jewelry can be traced back directly to folklore told through the centuries and ancient Celtic manuscript drawings. The popularity of Irish jewelry around the world has really taken off in recent years as many people taken an interest in the deeper meaning of talismans, objects of faith and symbols of life.  Irish jewelry is not just for the Irish anymore.

The Celtic Tree of Life

The Celtic Tree of Life meaning varies. The tree of life in its purist form represents rebirth. It is one of the most popular meanings for the Tree of Life.  The belief stems from theory that trees experiences renewal throughout the changing of the seasons. Its leaves fall in autumn and regrow in spring is symbolic of rebirth. Another meaning of the Celtic Tree of Life is that it is also a symbol of wisdom and strength. The most sacred of trees was the oak, called ‘daur’ in Celtic.  It is where the modern word ‘door’ is derived. So, the oak tree, literally would have been the door to the other world.

Celtic Cross

The Celtic cross is a cross with equal rays, enclosed in a circle. The rays can slightly protrude outside the circle. Although this form of the cross, the Celtic cross is inherent in many ancient peoples, including the Slavs, the cross in a circle is firmly established in the minds of people as Celtic.

The Christian interpretation of the cross is simple: the circle means eternity and union, and the cross itself means the love and sacrifice. It is difficult to say how the ancient Celts themselves interpreted this symbol: there is no information about this. But historians suggest that the cross as understood by the ancient Celts could symbolize fertility, abundance, and protection. It is also called the solar symbol because its facets suggest the unity of earth, air, sun and water.

Nowadays, the  Celtic cross is worn by both Christians and pagans: it is not tied to a particular religion, and different denominations perceive it as a symbol of their spiritual views.

Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh Ring is a legendary jewelry item that epitomizes timeless values. The legacy design cues hands on either side of a heart and a crown on top. The classic Claddagh ring shows the wearer’s family situation. Thus, a heart looking out the fingertips means you are single, whereas this element pointing towards the wrist means that the owner is taken. The Claddagh ring symbolizes friendship, love, and loyalty.

Today, this ring and claddaghs in general have a huge number of design variations, but the main three elements have remained intact. Claddagh jewelry items are usually presented to a loved one as a symbol of love, companionship or as a Claddagh engagement ring.

Trinity Knot also Known as the Irish Love Knot  

The Celtic love knot is a modern-day Irish tradition. Also known as the trinity knot, it is a religious symbol with both pagan and Christians heritage. In Celtic mythology, knots especially Celtic love knots symbolize the sacred geometry of the universe and being. It is customary to give a loved one a gift with the trinity knot, or Irish Love Knot,  like a necklace or ring, to embody feelings of love.

Celtic Sisters Knot

The Celtic Sisters Knot is a symbol of sisterhood and the strong, eternal bond we share with our sisters and friends. … The stylized triquetra or triple spiral, a sister symbol woven within the Celtic Sisters Knot heart symbolizes the three stages of woman.

Where are you and your sisters on the spiral of life? Celebrate the powerful, lifelong bond of friendship between women with a symbol for sisters. One day we will all be in some part of all 3 stages of life. First, the youth of our childhood. Second, the mothering spirit of our years. Third, our wisdom that we pass on to the new generation of women. We may not all be related, but we all share a bond of love, compassion, and perseverance. There are few symbols for sisters like the Celtic Sisters Knot that captive the soul and beauty of sisterhood.

The Celtic Mothers Knot also called a Motherhood Knot

The Celtic Mothers Knot or Motherhood Knot is an unassuming stylized holy trinity with a parent and child embrace is representative of the Madonna and child. Combined with a Celtic trinity knot it is a true testament to the enduring bond between a mother, her child, faith and their Celtic heritage. The Celtic Mothers Knot Necklace is brilliant gift for any mom or mother to be. “Grá Máthair” translated from Gaelic means “A mother’s love”.

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The Ultimate Guide to Irish Claddagh Jewelry

Claddagh Rings by The Irish Jewelry Company

The Irish Claddagh symbolizes unwavering love and faith. The Claddagh design first originated thousands of years ago. The Claddagh Ring is an old Irish ring with two hands holding a heart, surmounted by a crown. According to Irish heritage, the claddagh symbolizes love, loyalty and friendship. The hands represent ‘friendship’, the heart represents ‘love’, and the crown represents ‘loyalty’. Imagine Ireland in the days long ago when a young man named Richard Joyce was captured and sold into slavery from the fishing village of Claddagh off the coast of Ireland. Can you imagine how many years passed while Richard Joyce wondered if his true love waited. As the years wore on he stole tiny bits of gold from his master to make her a ring. He fashioned a heart for love, a crown for loyalty and hands holding heart as a symbol of friendship. Can you just picture the tiny first claddagh ring being made? After many years he returned home to the village of Claddagh Ireland. To his magical delight he discovered his true love had waited for him. He gave her the ring as a symbol of love, loyalty and friendship forever known now as the Claddagh Ring.

Irish or not, if you want to give a token of your friendship, love and loyalty that has meaning, claddagh jewelry may be the choice for you. Claddagh jewelry designs are one of the most distinguished and original styles of Irish jewelry with symbolic importance to Irish culture. Claddagh Rings are world renowned, and are worn by both men and women, single or taken. From Claddagh pendants, Claddagh earrings and even to Claddagh bracelets, today many Irish jewelers like The Irish Jewelry Company carry a wide variety of jewelry that adds a modern touch to a classic Irish tradition.

Five Popular Types of Claddagh Jewelry

  1. Claddagh rings, are often mistakenly spelt Clatter Ring or Clodagh Ring, like it sounds (Irish: fáinne Chladaigh) is a traditional Irish ring. The Claddagh ring is one of Ireland’s best known symbols of love. There is an old Irish saying that goes,With These hands, I give you my heart and crown it with my love” .
  2. Birthstone Claddagh Jewelry, like Birthstone Claddagh Rings and Pendants marks a special occasion like a graduation or anniversary or to expresses your personal philosophy. Since ancient times, birthstones have been thought to possess a magical force that could shield the wearer of the stone. Combining the lucky of the Irish with the mysterious forces of the birthstone jewelry creates a powerful talisman that can truly be a personal statement for the wearer. Learn about the birthstone chart, birthstone meaning and birthstones by month.
  3. The mothers claddagh jewelry collection is an unassuming stylized mother and child embrace representative of the Madonna and child. The mothers claddagh combines a traditional Irish claddagh it is a testament to the enduring bond between a mother, her child, faith and their Irish heritage. A mother’s love is immeasurable. She has great dreams for her children and she patiently stands by as she watches them chase them. She is there to see them soar and she catches them when they fall. She might not always be perfect but in the end she will always be there. She is a devoted mother and a mothers claddagh pendant represents that.
  4. The Diamond Claddagh Infinity Necklace brilliantly captures the essence of the infinity sign and Irish Claddagh. A symbol of eternal friendship, love and loyalty. An infinity jewelry symbol represents all that is eternal and timeless.  When you give a Diamond Claddagh Infinity Necklace you pledge your infinite love and loyalty.
  5. The Celtic Couples Claddagh Pendant pledges your eternal love. The Claddagh is a traditional Irish symbol representing loyalty, friendship, and love. The Celtic Couples Claddagh Pendant is the perfect gift for that special someone in your life.

Claddagh jewelry and Claddagh rings are now available in a birthstone jewelry series making the perfect gift for mothers or daughters. Gorgeous and intricate Claddagh earrings every woman will love and appreciate plus much more. The Irish Jewelry Company has exclusive Claddagh Jewelry designs inspired by the Irish tradition of the Claddagh started in Ireland long ago. Beautiful luxurious designs crafted with precision that’s impossible to surpass at an affordable price.

Celtic Holidays, Irish Traditions

Celebrating Saint Brigid’s Day with St. Brigid’s Blessings and Prayers

St. Brigid’s Cross by The Irish Jewelry Company

Saint Brigid also known as Mary of the Gael, is the Celtic Saint of well being. She wove the original symbolic cross from rushes from the River Shannon. An Irish tradition is to hang her Cross, known as the St. Brigid Cross over doors on her feast day of February 1st to invite good health for the coming year as well as protecting your home from Evil and Want. That is why a Saint Brigid’s Cross makes a perfect new home gift. Saint Brigid built the first Irish convent beside a huge oak tree, known as Cill Dara (Church of the Oak Tree), now known as Kildare.

Blessing of St. Brigid’s Crosses

Father of all creation and Lord of Light, you have given us life and entrusted your creation to us to use it and to care for it.

We ask you to bless these crosses made of green rushes in memory of holy Brigid, who used the cross to recall and to teach your Son’s life, death and resurrection.

May these crosses be a sign of our sharing in the Paschal Mystery of your Son and a sign of your protection of our lives, our land and its creatures through Brigid’s intercession during the coming year and always. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

The crosses are sprinkled with holy water:

May the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be on these crosses and on the places where they hang and on everyone who looks at them. Amen.

St. Brigid’s Blessing

May Brigid bless the house wherein we dwell.

Bless every fireside, every wall and door.

Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof.

Bless every hand that toils to bring its joy.

Bless every foot that walks portals through.

May Brigid bless the house that shelters us.

Prayer to Saint Brigid

You were a woman of peace.
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace
cover those who are troubled and anxious,
and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made.
Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us.
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater
wholeness in mind, body and spirit.
Amen

Saint Brigid Brilliant Star

St. Bridget, brilliant star of sanctity in the early days of our Irish faith and love for the omnipotent God. You have never forsaken us; we look up to you now in earnest, hopeful prayer. By your glorious sacrifice of earthly riches, joys and affections, obtain for us the grace to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice,” with constant trust in His fatherly care. By your life of laborious charity to the poor, the sick, the many seekers for light and comfort, obtain for us the grace to be God’s helpers to the utmost of our power during our stay on earth, looking forward, as you did, to our life with Him during eternity. By the sanctified peace of your death-bed, obtain for us the fullness of pardon and peace when the hour comes and we will be summoned to the judgment seat of our just and most merciful Lord.

Amen.

Saint Brigid Our Guide and Shield

O Glorious St. Bridget, Mother of the Churches of Erin, patroness of our missionary race, wherever their lot may be cast, be our guide in the paths of virtue, protect us amid temptation, shield us from danger. Preserve to us the heritage of chastity and temperance; keep ever brightly burning on the altar of our hearts the sacred Fire of Faith, Charity, and Hope, that we may emulate the ancient piety of Ireland’s children, and the Church of Erin may shine with peerless glory as of old. You were styled by our fathers ” The Mary of Erin,” secure for us, by your prayers, the all-powerful protection of the Blessed Virgin, that we may be numbered here among her most fervent clients, and may hereafter merit a place together with you and the countless Saints of Ireland, in the ranks of her triumphant children in Paradise.

Amen.

Saint Brigid Our Joy

O God, you give us joy, through the power of the intercession of Blessed Brigid. Graciously grant that we may be assisted by her merits and her example. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

What is a St Bridget’s Cross?

This beautiful cross known as a St. Brigid’s Cross is a wonderful tribute to Ireland’s beloved saint. Saint Brigid of Kildare or Brigid of Ireland is one of Ireland’s patron saints, along with Saint Patrick. Saint Brigid was born Brigit, and shares a name with a Celtic goddess from whom many legends and folk customs are associated.

How to make a Saint Brigid’s Cross

Making a Saint Bridget’s Cross is a custom in Ireland. The St Bridget’s Cross is made out of plants called rushes (Juncus effusus) for hanging above the entrances to dwellings to invoke the help of St Bridget in warding off disease. St Bridget’s Day is celebrated on the 1st February each year and the crosses are made at that time. Rushes were traditionally used to make the St Bridget’s Cross. These were collected from wetlands and cut into pieces, 8-12 inches long. Rushes can be hard to get for city dwellers so ordinary paper environmentally friendly drinking straws and rubber are a good substitute to make with children.