The shamrock is most common 3-leaf clover native to the beautiful Emerald Isle. 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 or Trinity Knot 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. In Ireland shamrocks are traditionally worn at weddings for good luck. Often tucked in a bouquet or used as filler with a boutineer.
Maybe good things really do come in three?
There is an old Irish Blessing….
For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.
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.
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Our Shamrock Irish Blessing necklace is quintessentially Irish through and through. Accented with a crystal Celtic Cross on an enamel green shamrock on front and an Irish Blessing on back this necklace makes a wonderful gift. It is the perfect way to show your Irish faith and heritage.
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