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Announcing The Launch of The Irish Jewelry Company New Website

The Irish Jewelry Company New Website

TheIrishJewelryCompany.com is excited to announce the launch of their newly design, responsive, user friendly luxurious new website. After seven months of unforeseen obstacles, hard work and dedication the new website has successfully launched to the approval of their loyal customer.

Rockville Centre, NY October 6th, 2021 – The Irish Jewelry Company is excited to announce the launch of their newly designed website. Visit us at TheIrishJewelryCompany.com. After seven months of hard work and perseverance, the official new website has launched. The new websites look is luxurious, and the site is faster, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly.

As an online Irish jewelry design leader, it is important for us to showcase new styles, services, and trends in a pleasing way quickly to our loyal customer and prospective customers. The new site endeavors to provide our customers with the most beautiful jewelry designs at the highest quality with the best customer service possible.  

“Our goal with this new website is to provide our customers a modern site with an easier way to navigate our collections based on their own choice with seamless checkout.” Says owner Jennifer Derrig. “The Irish Jewelry Company’s new visually appealing website is designed for company growth and provides faster page loading speeding, and greater content with our Blog as well as improved website navigation in order to comply with the new google core update.”

Amongst the new site features is an interactive catalog lookbook and integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to foster improved social sharing for customers. Customers can now enjoy reading The Irish Jewelry Company Blog directly on the website. Regular posting of interesting educational blog content pertaining to Irish jewelry, Irish wedding traditions and Irish culture along with other with helpful information such as company announcements and customer testimonials in the Blog will happen on a weekly base. When existing customers login in while shopping they can also enjoy new instant checkout. Customers can also sign up for emails and as well as SMS notifications.  New SMS features is a text messaging service that will allow us to instantly contact customers regarding their order status, store promotions, and new products. In addition, as part of the new site launch The Irish Jewelry Company will be offering free stand shipping on all orders over $150.


To view the new website, visit https://THEIRISHJEWELRYCOMPANY.com.

Irish Blessings, Irish Traditions

October – Month of the Rosary

October is Rosary Month. On October 7, Irish Catholics commemorate the Blessed Mother’s Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. October was also the month in which Mary appeared to shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, for the final time, encouraging them to “say the rosary every day to obtain global peace.”

What is the Holy Rosary?

The term “rosary” comes from the Latin word “rosarium,” which translates as “rose crown” or “rose garland.” To those who practice the Catholic Faith, the Rosary is a method of prayer that we employ in conjunction with the Rosary’s titular prayer beads. When referring to the prayer, the word Rosary is usually capitalized, whereas when discussing the beads, it is in lower case.

According to pious tradition, Saint Dominic received the idea for the Rosary when the Virgin Mary appeared to him in an apparition in 1214. Our Lady of the Rosary is the title given to this Marian apparition. Alanus de Rupe, a Dominican priest and theologian, promoted the Rosary practice by establishing the “fifteen rosary promises” and establishing several rosary confraternities.

Rosary devotion is one of the most defining characteristics of popular Catholic spirituality. The Rosary inspires Catholics to reflect on the mysteries of Jesus and Mary’s lives. As Catholics, meditation is critical to daily life. Meditation, according to the Catholic Church’s Catechism, “involves thought, imagination, emotion, and desire.” This mobilization of faculties is necessary in order to strengthen our faith convictions, prompt our hearts to convert, and fortify our resolve to follow Christ.”

What are Rosary Beads?

Irish Rosary beads come in all shapes, colors, sizes and quality and usually have a Celtic cross and Saint Patrick Medal or Saint Brigid Medal center. Some rosaries are strung with pearl, crystal, wood and even Connemara marble. In its simplest form, the rosary is a tool used to facilitate prayer and meditation. A rosary bead keeps track of the prayers while they are repeated aloud or in the mind. Utilizing the rosary beads to keep count of the number of times you’ve recited a specific prayer enables you to calm your thoughts and focus more effectively on your prayer.

How to Pray the Holy Rosary

The steps to praying the Rosary are:

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed”
  2. Say the “Our Father”
  3. Say three “Hail Marys” for Faith, Hope, and Charity
  4. Say the “Glory Be”
  5. Announce the First Mystery and then say the “Our Father”
  6. Say ten “Hail Marys” while meditating on the Mystery
  7. Say the “Glory Be” (Optional: Say the “O My Jesus” prayer requested by Mary at Fatima)
  8. Announce the Next Mystery; then say the “Our Father” and repeat these steps (6 through 8) as you continue through the remaining Mysteries.
  9. Say the closing prayers: the “Hail Holy Queen” and “Final Prayer”
  10. Make the “Sign of the Cross”

Celtic Jewelry, Claddagh Rings, Irish Wedding Traditions

New Stacking Boho Claddagh Ring Sets

Due to the rise in popularity of bohemian weddings over the past few years, we’ve begun to see a slew of stunning boho engagement rings appear on the market. Boho women aren’t afraid to defy convention and integrate unusual features and materials into their engagement rings, making them more inexpensive in the process, which is ultimately what makes these days so special and unique.

Bohemian weddings are all about expressing a carefree, beautiful aesthetic that is easy to pull off. In case your personal style is more Celtic Forest nymph than fairytale princess, a boho-themed wedding may be the perfect fit for your big day. To learn more about bohemian weddings, go here. Boho weddings integrate an eclectic blend of natural, rustic, and antique elements into the decor of the ceremony and reception space.

New Bohemian Claddagh Wedding Rings

Stacking Boho .25ct Diamond Claddagh Ring Set

Our Stacking Boho .25ct Diamond Claddagh Ring Set is a unique unconventional wedding ring choice with a mix and match style spiced with the conventional claddagh wedding ring design. This eclectic Stacking Diamond Claddagh Ring Set inspired by boho chic from vintage and antique epoch to modern time.

Stacking Boho Diamond Emerald Claddagh Ring Set

For the looking for an unconventional bridal set with an alternative stone option we have the Stacking Boho Diamond Emerald Claddagh Ring Set.

Our Stacking Boho Diamond Claddagh Ring Set or the Stacking Boho Diamond Emerald Claddagh Ring Set is lovely for any romantic occasion. They offer an ideal Claddagh ring set for a claddagh promise ring or an engagement set or even a Claddagh anniversary ring.

Celtic Legends, Ireland, Irish Traditions, St. Patricks Day

An Overview of the Irish Celtic Cross’s Origins, Symbolism, and Meanings

The Celtic Cross is well-known as a representation of Irish culture across the world.
Discover more about the beautiful stone monuments’ distinguishing characteristics, origin, history, functions, symbolism, and significance.

Ireland’s countryside is peppered with crosses.

If you have traveled on vacation or visiting family to the lovely Emerald Isle then a Celtic stone cross is likely to be seen on your travels across the stunning Irish countryside. Symbolic of Ireland and everything Irish, Celtic crosses may be seen in nearly all of the country’s 32 counties. Celtic cross jewelry and other ornamental arts, both ancient and modern, pay homage to these exquisite stone crosses.

A Look at the Celtic Cross’ Symbolism and Meaning

Many people point to the cross’s form as the distinctive characteristic of the Celtic Cross.
The ring strengthens the cross structurally by supporting the cross’s arms.
This has led some researchers to believe that this cross’s shape is a continuation of an earlier, more delicate one.

As well as representing an angelic halo, others believe it signifies the sun or some other celestial body, such as Jupiter. The early Catholic missionaries and St. Patrick himself, according to Christian and Celtic mythology, both failed miserably in their efforts to win over the Celts to Christianity.

These Are the Four Unique Characteristics of the Celtic Cross

It is estimated that Ireland’s oldest high stone crosses date from the 8th to 12th centuries. Intricate carvings may be seen on the crosses themselves, with the earliest showing knot-work and the most recent incorporating biblical narrative and inscriptions. They dominate the Irish countryside and are awe-inspiring. Most early crosses are no more than eight feet tall, although some later ones are considerably higher. At 23 feet, the highest point, it’s intimidating. These ancient Celtic Crosses have a number of unique characteristics despite their wide range in Celtic cross design.

  • The Foundation: which may or may not be present. Usually a pyramid form, although it can also be carved to give the cross more height.
  • The Shaft: a cylindrical structure divided into panels on both sides, each containing a different design or piece of artwork representing a different character.
  • The Cap: Often absent, the Cap is a decorative element found on the cross’s upper arm.
  • The Head: You have your head, which is split into a core and several arms. To identify them, stone Celtic crosses commonly have a ring-shaped center on their heads.

What was the purpose of the Celtic Cross?

We’ll never know for sure why ancient humans began constructing such massive stone structures in the first place! High Crosses, also known as Celtic Crosses, are frequently seen at or near significant monasteries. Many were used for preaching, teaching Scripture, prayer, and penance, thus it’s possible they were utilized to demarcate boundaries or specific areas of the monastery. The more ornately carved crosses might have been an indication of the monastery’s riches and power. Many crosses are devoted to a particular event or patron saint, such as St. Patrick, or the Irish High Kings, who are remembered on them.

Claddagh Rings, Irish Jewelry, Irish Wedding Traditions

A Couples Ring Guide – The Meaning and History

Couples’ rings are a significant symbol of their deep connection. Whether you choose matching rings or mix and match styles, our illustrious range of couples rings elegantly mixes to symbolize your love. A couple’s ring serves as an engagement or “promise” ring and is associated with a variety of symbols. A couples ring often signifies a commitment to a monogamous relationship and a trusting partnership and serves as a precursor to future engagement. A promise ring basically refers to a pre- engagement where one party promises the other that they will propose to them at some point in the future.

Matching Wedding Ring Sets

Couples rings are also matching wedding rings sets. These are wedding rings purchased usually together that match for each person in the relationship. They can be exactly the same or similar yet slightly different. His and her matching wedding bands for men and woman differ slightly size and or price. Nowadays matching couple bands are as unique as the couple they represent.

So, what does a couple’s ring signify exactly?

No two people are alike when it comes to love, but no two relationships are the same. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that couples’ rings have a vast significance and meaning that embraces the wide range of human emotions and experiences. A prevalent topic for many people is eternity, love, and loyalty. Couples Rings, in addition to being a powerful declaration of equality within a relationship, are given to both partners and worn by both.

In many cultures, they are given and received as a symbol of love and devotion. Couples Rings are a longstanding custom that has only grown in popularity over time. Exchanging rings before marriage has a long history in Europe, even if it’s a relatively new one in the United States. Rings that have special meaning, such as the Claddagh Rings or “Posey Rings,” may be used as matching wedding bands for the future. The Irish Claddagh Ring is a form of a couple’s ring. It is a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty between a couple.  

The Italians had the couples ring called a fede ring which is like the claddagh ring known as the Dublin Claddagh.  The word fede in Italian means also faith. This is the strongest symbol of the bond between bride and groom, representing their love, faithfulness, and commitment to each other. In Korea a couple ring is a great way to let the world know you and your partner are in a sweet and sappy relationship. A pair ring is traditionally given on the 100th day of dating to demonstrate commitment and respect for the other partner. In a similar vein, many couples in Argentina and Chile exchange wedding rings to demonstrate their commitment, and many of these couples go on to utilize these rings in any subsequent wedding ceremonies. As a result, it appears that Couples Rings have a cosmopolitan appeal while also being traditional in many countries.

When it comes to engagement rings and couples’ rings, what is the difference exactly?

For starters, there is no need to distinguish between Couples Rings and Engagement Bands. Many couples throughout the world exchange engagement rings, and many of those couples go on to utilize those rings during their wedding ceremony. However, for many people, the term “engagement ring” conjures up thoughts of enormous, precious gemstones set in a ring that is given to one member of a pair as a symbol of their intention to get married.

So Why is the Couples Ring Tradition is Growing in Popularity?

Couples’ rings have become increasingly popular in recent years, no doubt fueled by people’s desire to be closer to their families and friends. People feel nostalgic for their ancestors’ customs and looking forward to the future as they begin to build their own family units of their own. Couples Rings serve as a link between these modern love stories and new family traditions and heirlooms, as well as between generations.

Couples who intend to marry one day can buy simple promise rings or couples rings that can double as wedding bands later. Couples’ rings can also be a stackable promise ring that can be incorporated into a wedding set.

Common Couple Ring Styles:

The Claddagh Ring

Irish or not, if you want to give a token of your friendship, love and loyalty that has meaning, a diamond Claddagh ring may be the choice for you. The Claddagh ring consists of a heart with a crown held by two hands symbolizing love, loyalty and friendship. The Claddagh Ring has become a world renowned symbol of love.

The Fede Ring also known as the Fenian Claddagh

This version of the Claddagh Ring with two hands holding a heart and no crown was made in Dublin in the 1800’s. It became known as the Fenian Claddagh Ring or the Dublin Claddagh Ring. The Fenian Claddagh Ring belongs to a style of European finger rings called a fede ring used as engagement rings in medieval and Renaissance Europe . The name fede comes from the Italian phrase “mani fede” meaning hands joined in faith.

Stack-able Rings

Beautiful stack-able rings that can be mixed and matched or even combined with your wedding bands are an ideal alternative for a couples ring. The Stacking Boho .25ct Diamond Claddagh Ring Set is an affordable diamond stack ring set. Or there are gold stackable wedding rings like the 14K Gold Diamond Celtic Knot Contour Band and Celtic Knotwork Wedding Ring Milgrain in 3mm .

What to Look for When Choosing a Couples Ring?

Making this significant investment will require a unique approach from each individual.
Some couples will choose rings together, while others will choose their own rings, and yet others will choose their partners’ rings for them, in order to maintain the element of surprise. There is no one right way to go about making this decision.

The ideal couples ring style, is simply what you and your significant other are deem perfect. The Irish Jewelry Company invites you to celebrate your partnership with a special couples’ ring set. Whether you choose a traditional claddagh ring or a more daring design, such as the Irish promise ring the Mo Anam Cara Trinity Band, these unusual promise rings will communicate your unique love with unmatched style.

Celtic Jewelry, Ireland

Connemara Marble and the History of ‘The Irish Gemstone’

Popular for over a thousand years, ‘Connemara Marble‘ also known as “Irish Green“is a serpentine-rich limestone used as a decorative face stone. When it comes to the Emerald Isle, the color and design of this material perfectly embodies the natural beauty of Ireland. Artists, architects, and artisanal companies around the world have all discovered the beauty of Connemara Marble from Ireland.

The vast majority of people in Ireland see Connemara marble as one of the most authentic Irish products. This unique kind of green marble found in Connemara, Ireland, which is known as Connemara marble is rare. According to geologists, the Earth is around 600 million years old. In heated limestone, marble occurs. Although the hue is primarily green, variations of green can vary widely. The small crystals of green serpentine, diopside, chlorite, and creamy white calcite, as well as dolomite, make the lovely, interspersed bands of rich to light green inside the marble. The beautiful marbling of the marble of the Connemara highlands is a visual representation of the natural splendor of the Irish Gemstone.

Connemara Marble is Highly Valued Around the World

The quarrying of Connemara marble continues to be done on Ireland’s untamed wild Atlantic way to this day. It is one of the most rare kinds of marble, and it has been brought to many countries across the globe over the years due to its rare green beauty.
Did you know you can happen upon it in the state building in Pennsylvania’s Capitol, you will also find it in Westminster Cathedral in London and the Cathedral of the Assumption in Galway, Ireland?

The Irish Gemstone: Ireland’s precious Connemara marble

The beautiful and unique patterns of the “Irish Gemstone” make it a beautiful material for use in jewelry. Its fine-grained structure allows it to be shaped and polished into a variety of shapes and finishes, allowing it to be used to make marble beads, cabochons, and other items. This stunning stone is used in our Connemara Marble jewelry.

Jewelry made of Connemara Marble

Our diverse assortment of Connemara Marble jewelry, including earrings, pendants, and Connemara marble crosses, will stand out in your Irish jewelry collection. Choose from our lovely selection of Connemara Marble earrings or Connemara Marble necklaces to find the perfect gift for any occasion. Connemara marble is widely regarded as one of the most genuine Irish products available in the market.

Celtic Holidays, Halloween, Irish Traditions

Autumnal Equinox the Celebration of Mabon

Today is the first day of autumn. The fall equinox will occur today, September 22, 2021, at 3:21 p.m. Eastern.

The Sun will be exactly above the Earth’s equator at that time, appearing overhead at noon as seen from the equator. Every year, around the same time, the Sun shines directly over the equator, distributing the same amount of light on both sides of the planet.

This is the start of shorter days and colder weather in the Northern Hemisphere.

This month marks Mabon, the Celtic name for the autumn equinox. Mabon is the second of three Celtic harvest festivals: Lammas, Mabon, and Samhain, which takes place next month. Mabon represents the heavy harvest, whereas Samhain represents the harvest of the dead and what remains from this month’s efforts.

Mabon was originally a harvest festival (Lughnasadh was the first), when farmers gathered hearty foods such as gourds, pumpkins, grapes, and apples. Modern Mabon celebrations are a time to express gratitude to Mother Earth for her abundance, both literally and spiritually.

This is also known as Mea’n Fo’mhair by the Druids, and it honors the Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of cider, wine, herbs, and fertilizer are appropriate. Mabon (like Ostara) emphasizes balance because it is one of the few times during the year when true balance can be observed in nature. There is no distinction between day and night.

Happy Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bone)

Irish Traditions

Complete Guide to the June’s Birthstones

June’s Birthstones

If you were born in June, you have three intriguing birthstones to choose from: pearl jewelry, moonstone jewelry, and alexandrite jewelry. Because alexandrite is one of nature’s rarest gemstones, most birthstone jewelry lovers born in this month will gravitate toward pearl and moonstone.

Do you want to learn more about June’s birthstones? You can find out everything you need to know about these delightful gems right here. What exactly are June birthstones? What is the origin of June birthstones? The three exquisite gemstones designated for June birthdays are pearl, moonstone and alexandrite.

Meanings of Birthstones

Birthstones have been associated with folklore throughout history. They, like zodiac signs, detail various symbolic powers and qualities. Wearing your birthstone connects you to the qualities it represents, according to popular belief. Many people today do not believe in the mythical healing powers of birthstones. However, their symbolic significance is still valued. In general, birthstone jewelry is thought to bring good fortune to those born in the month.

Why are there three birthstones in June?

Because many historical stones have become too rare to be sold on the market and to suit customer preferences, some months contain multiple birthstones. Pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite are June’s three birthstones; the only other month with three birthstones is December. December’s Birthstones are turquoise, zircon, and tanzanite.

June Birthstone’s Meaning

June’s birthstones are all stunning in their own right. Each of the three June birthstones has its own symbolic meaning as well. Moonstone June Birthstone Jewelry and alexandrite June Birthstone Jewelry are new additions to the list of birthstones. Pearls and moonstones have a long history, whereas Alexandrite is a relatively new discovery. Indeed, it has gained traction in recent decades.

The Origins of June’s Birthstones

The June birthstones (pearl alexandrite and moonstone) are all from different parts of the world.
Pearls can be found in waters off the coasts of China, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, and French Polynesia. Alexandrite, on the other hand, has always been restricted to Russia’s mountains.
However, a significant deposit was discovered in Brazil. The United States, Brazil, and India are among the top moonstone exporters. The color of this June birthstone or moonstone jewelry changes depending on the lighting. It can appear green like an emerald during the day, but it also has a blue sheen in fluorescent light and a purple sheen in incandescent light.

June Birthstone Meaning

Alexandrite: The June Birthstone Alexandrite is thought to be both unbreakably strong and to increases self-esteem.

Pearl: The June birthstone pearl, has long been a symbol of purity.

Moonstone: The June Birthstone Moonstone brings prosperity, amplifies passion, and balances the negative and positive sides of the mind.

Irish Jewelry, Irish Traditions

April’s Birthstone is Diamond

April Birthstone is the Diamond

Those who were born in April are fortunate as the birthplace of the Diamond for April.
Timeless and immensely popular are diamond birthstones – 86 percent of U.S. pairs, after all, select diamonds as their central stones for engagement rings.

If you like the greatest in life, diamond birth pieces are your birthplace! Were you aware that they are the hardest jewel on the earth, too? This brilliant gem will not just amaze you, but you will not be worried about breaking it because it is exceptionally long-lasting.

The official birthstone for the month of April is the Diamond , the color is naturally clear or white in color and the alternative April gemstone is any clear stone such as sparkling Quartz or Cubic Zircon.

The beautiful, strong and brilliant Diamond is April’s birthstone. In the zodiac April is for Aries star sign (Mar 21 – Apr 20) . Other birthday symbols for April include the birth flower the Sweet Pea and Daisy.

The gemstone diamond symbolizes the magic of romance and love. Making Diamonds the natural and traditional gem of first choice to be set in engagement rings and wedding rings. Diamonds are a very popular gemstone worldwide. They are expensive and highly valued according to carat weight, clarity, color, and cut, known as the 4 ‘C’s of diamonds.

Besides being a meaningful gift for a special April birthday, Diamond jewelry is the also given to celebrate special wedding anniversaries such as the 10th, 60th and 75th.

APRIL BIRTHDAY SYMBOLS

April Birthstone: Diamond

Alternative April birthstone: clear Quartz

April Birthstone color: white or clear

April Birth flower: Sweet Pea

Celtic Jewelry, Interesting Stories, Irish Traditions, Jewelry Care

Brief History of Gold Jewelry

Gold and gold jewelry has been a treasured commodity throughout ancient history. The first historical evidence of gold jewelry in a society occurred in ancient Egypt around 3,000 B.C. Gold was a highly valued metal that was easy to work with in its purest form. Gold was treasured in Egyptian mythology. Gold and gold jewelry was highly valued by pharaohs and Egyptian temple priests. So important, and highly treasured that the capstones on the Pyramids of Giza were made of solid gold.

Ancient Greeks and Gold

Later on in ancient history, the Greeks saw gold as a symbol of social status and as a form of glory amongst the immortal gods and demigods. The average Greek used gold to reflect wealth wealth and as currency.

Gold Fun Fact

The Olympics tradition of giving gold medals to the victors began during the modern Olympics and actually has very little to do with ancient Greek tradition.

Celtic Gold Jewelry History and Origins

From what historians can discern the Celts began working with gold in the early bronze age. They started working in sheet gold, creating sundiscs and crescentic gold collars called lunulae.

Around 1200 BC new gold working techniques were developed. During this time a great variety of torcs including torc bracelets were made by twisting bars or strips of gold.

It is believed around 1200 BC the Celts began to develop new gold working techniques. It is thought that during this time many of the Celtic torcs discovered were made by simply twisting bars of pure gold or strips of pure gold.

Around 900 BC – the Late Bronze Age – and the Celtic jewelry metal work of this period consisted of two main types. Celtic Jewelry pieces including Celtic bracelets and Celtic brooches used as fasten their cloaks, in dramatic contrast to previous sheet gold collars and ear-spools.

What is Pure Gold?

According to the World Gold Council “‘Caratage’ is the measurement of purity of gold alloyed with other metals. 24 carat is pure gold with no other metals. Lower caratages contain less gold; 18 carat gold contains 75 per cent gold and 25 per cent other metals, often copper or silver.”

What is Karat Gold?

Karat Gold refers to a standardized industry unit of measurement regarding the percentages of metal alloy added to pure to to either strengthen it, decrease gold caratage to reduce costs or change it’s color.