In Celtic folklore there is a magical set of cats or “fairy cats”. In Scotland they are known as the cait sith. In Ireland they are called cait sidhe. Whether Gaelic or Scotch Gaelic they are both pronounced as “caught shee”. The cait sidhe aren’t your ordinary felines, they are thought as fairies, even witches, and as spirit creatures that merely take the form of a cat. Those that have seen them describe them as being unusually large, all black cats with a spot of white fur on their chest. Generally, the cait sidhe is viewed as fearsome and was used as a symbol by Celtic warriors.
Irish Wit and Wisdom and The Strength of Friendship…
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.
What is the meaning of the Celtic Friendship knot symbol?
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 Collection …
Our Celtic Friendship Knot Jewelry is a magnificent example of the spirit of true friendship. With intertwined endless lines, the Celtic Friendship Knotdesign 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.
Have you ever seen an authentic Claddagh Ring? Chances are if you are Irish or you have taken a trip to Ireland you have seen this beautiful and unique piece of Irish jewelry.
By definition a claddagh [ klah-duh ] is a noun. It is a ring in the form of two hands clasping a crowned heart, given in friendship or love.
According to dictionary.com
Expect fine jewelry designer, Jennifer Derrig who is the owner and head designer at The Irish Jewelry Company described the tradition of the Irish claddagh ring as such.
The Claddagh Ring is an instantly recognizable symbol that represents true love and boundless affection. Like a bond between soul mates.
Jennifer Derrig, owner of The Irish Jewelry Company
What are Claddagh Rings?
Claddagh rings are fede rings and have a long history dating back to Roman times. The name “fede” derives from the Italian phrase mani in fede meaning loosely “hands joined in faith” or “hands joined in loyalty”. The clasped hands were viewed as promise ring used as an engagement ring or wedding ring in medieval and Renaissance Europe. Irish Claddagh rings are a version of the fede ring has roots deeply seeded in long standing Irish tradition.
So what do claddagh rings mean?
The Irish say 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 orClodagh Ring, like it sounds (Irish: fáinne Chladaigh) is a traditional Irish ring. TheCladdagh ring literally meanseternal love, loyalty, and friendship. Claddagh ringconsists of a heart, for love with a crown, for loyalty held by two hands symbolizing friendship. Claddagh Rings have become a famous symbol of love treaured by Irish and non Irish all around the world.
A short history of the Claddagh ring.
Irish folklore says that long ago a young man was captured by Algerian pirates and sold into slavery from the small Irish fishing village of Claddagh. He was taught to be a goldsmith as a slave. Many years in servitude passed and he often wondered if his true love waited for him all this time. Over the years enslaved he stole tiny bits of gold from his master to make her a special ring to convey his love. He fashioned a heart for love, a crown for loyalty and hands as a symbol of friendship. After many years had passed he finally released from his servitude and he returned home to the village of Claddagh. Upon his return to Ireland to his unbelieavable joy he discovered that his true love had waited for him. SSo he presented her the ring he made during his time away as a symbol of his enduring love, loyalty and friendship forever known now as theCladdagh. Do you have someone in your life to which you pledge your love, loyalty and friendship forever?
Can a Claddagh Ring be an engagement or wedding ring?
Claddagh Rings are a universal token of love for lads and lassies. That’s means both men and women an wear Claddagh Rings as promise rings, or as wedding bands. They can also be given as an engagement ring as a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty.
Irish Wedding Bridal Tip…
The symbol of the Irish claddagh can be incorporated in many ways during the wedding ceremony. Brides can wear claddagh jewelry, give claddagh jewelry to the bridemaids and tie a claddagh charm to their bouquet. The claddagh can also be used in the design of the invitations, place cards and on the linens. The groom can also find grooms man gifts such as claddagh engraved flasks and claddagh cufflinks and so much more.
There are many unique styles of claddagh jewelry. Most claddagh styles basically have the hands, heart, and crown. However, the Fenian Claddagh, also known as the Dublin Claddagh Ring has two hands holding a heart and no crown was made in Dublin in the 1800’s. Then there is the Trinity Claddagh Ring, a modern twist on the combination of the traditional claddagh ring and trinity knot takes Irish jewelry to a new level of great design.
The claddagh ring is in its simplest form a true token of love. Whatever type of claddagh ring you choose or however your decide to incorporate it in your wedding day its is a symbol all of your guests are sure to recognize.
The History, Meaning and Symbolism of the Irish Celtic Cross …
The Celtic Cross often refereed to as the Irish High Cross is a renounced symbol of Celtic culture world wide.
What is a Celtic Cross?
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. TheCelticCrossis 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.
What is the Legend of the Celtic Cross?
Irish folklore says Saint Patrick introduced the Celtic Cross to the Celts when he was trying to educate and possible convert the pagan Irish hopefully to Christianity. The pagan Celts were said to worship the sun. Saint Patrick according to legend combined the image of the Christian cross with the circular to represent the sun to associate circle of light with the Christian cross as one in the same.
Another less popular story suggests that, by St. Patrick laying the symbol of the cross over the symbol of the sun he was showing them that Christ was a more powerful force then the sun god.
What is the High Cross or the Irish Cross?
An Irish Cross is a Celtic cross. It is also known as the Cross of Iona or the High Cross. They are all Celtic crosses often decorated with traditional Gaelic symbols or Celtic knots. These magnificent large stone crosses were typically erected to memorialize prominent people or places like churches or monasteries. One of the most famous crosses is at Clonmacnoise, Ireland. The Clonmacnoise cross is known as the Cross of the Scriptures. Large beautiful medieval stone Celtic crosses adorn the country landscape in Ireland ranging in sizes with the largest standing at 23 feet tall.
TheCelticCross is a world known typically depicted and has become a traditional Christian symbol used by the faithful in Ireland for religious purposes. It is a tremendous symbol of Irish faith and Irish pride. Today Celtic crosses are worn by people worldwide who have an admiration of Irish culture and Christian faith.
Celtic Crosses and Tattoos
CelticCrossTattoos are very popular design that represents the cross of Christ among those of Irish decent. A Celticcrosstattoo is one of the most meaningful body art designs that often commemorates the memory of a loved one or someone’s deep commitment to faith. This deeply spiritual tattoo is also a very gender-neutral. The Celtic cross tattoo design is also very popular among first responders. Irish firemen often use a Celtic cross design combined with a Maltese cross to represent their profession while Irish Police offers have it with a badge in the center.
Celtic Cross Pendants by The Irish Jewelry Company
Our 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. Crosses inspired by beautiful Irish crosses reproduced in Silver and Gold with elaborate inscriptions like the ones on ancient Irish high crosses all over Ireland. Their crosses are world renowned by those who love all things Irish and Irish culture.
Many if our Irish American readers were probably raised by an Irish Mom or an Irish American Mom Irish, even an Italian mom if you Dad was the Irish one. Irish Moms and Italian Moms are pretty much the same. It hard not to recognize those enduring traits that make them both great moms. They are both their children’s number fan. They are encouraging, caring, and show unconditional love and devotion for us in their own special ways. Both moms have the power to make you cry in fear object fear of a simple cooking utensil, known as the dreaded wooden spoon.
You know you were raised by either an Irish mom or an Italian mom if you know all the important Saints by heart.
Every time you lose something, and you searched high and low for it without success and you just happen to mention it to mom she will undoubtedly say “Have you said a prayer to Saint Anthony yet?”. Rest assured, without fail good old St. Anthony usually comes through with finding your car keys. Every Irish mother or Italian mother has a favorite saint that they prayer too repeatable that they insist have never let them down.
“I have eyes in the back of my head you know.”
Were we all just stupid kids but for years we really thought our mothers had eyes in the back of their heads? Mom ALWAYS knew when you were up to no good or lying.
“Don’t make me get the wooden spoon….”
Oh, those dreaded words… even the sound of the draw where it was kept opening was enough to put the fear of God in you. You ran at the sight of a wooden spoon. No matter what the issue was you were battling her over, just when you thought you had her she would start counting to three. Knew the wooden spoon was coming out next.
Mom always slipped you some extra money
If you had an Irish mom, she is good for about a spare 20 quid until you are about thirty. If you had an Italian mom, it was you cannot go out without any cash and you always left Nona’s side $20 richer. It was for candy or ice cream when you were a little kid and later as you got older is was probably gas money.
Let’s face it, motherhood is not easy, but mom always made it seem like it was her greats priority and we were her greatest achievement. Whether you had an Irish mom or an Italian mom her enduring love is a true testament to the enduring bond between a mother and child. Remember to honor her on Mother’s Day with a special Mother’s Day gift like a piece of motherhood Jewelry to show your appreciation for all she has done and continues to do for you. I mean really , what mom wouldn’t want a beautiful piece of mother’s jewelry from her baby.
Many people and tourists to Ireland 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 Irish Jewelry.
What jewelry is Ireland known for?
Ireland is known for beautiful Irish Jewelry. Irish jewelry is steeped in culture from Ireland with stories of love and friendship passed for generations. Irish jewelry has timeless appeal and is a wonderful representation of the vibrant Irish culture and they beauty of its people.
Irish jewelry is high quality and handcrafted inspired by all things Irish and made from the finest material by expert jewelers. When a customer buys a piece of Irish jewelry such as a Claddagh Ring, they are not only getting a beautiful piece of jewelry they are also passing on traditional Irish culture and custom.
The legend behind the traditional Irish Claddagh Ring design is a beautiful story if enduring love. Imagine Ireland in the days long ago. A young Irishman in love with a beautiful Irish lass was captured and sold into slavery from the fishing village of Claddagh. Many years passed while in captivity and he wondered if his true love had waited for his return. As the years wore on, he stole tiny bits of gold from his master to make her a ring for his true love. He fashioned a heart for love, a crown for loyalty and hands as a symbol of friendship. Can you just picture the tiny first rustic claddagh ring being made? After many years he finally returned home to the village of Claddagh Ireland, near the Galway coast. To his wonderful delight he discovered his true love had waited for him. So, he gave her the tiny ring he fashioned for her while in captivity as a symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship. This beautiful token of love loyalty and friendship forever known now as the Claddagh Ring.
Another popular piece of Irish Jewelry from Ireland that it is famous for is the Celtic Cross. Irish legend says Saint Patrick a Christian missionary regarded as the patron saint of Ireland was responsible for the origins of the Celtic Cross. St. Patrick lived from AD 373-493 and ministered in Northern Ireland from AD 433 until his death. The Pious legend credits St. Patrick with banishing snakes from the island, though post-glacial Ireland never actually had snakes. It is suggested that the snakes referred to the serpent symbolism of the Druids. Saint Patrick is also credited with teaching the Irish about the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a 3-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 Celtic cross is viewed as a of God’s endless love. The Celtic cross is one of the most popular and enduring pieces of Irish jewelry passed from generations to generation of family members today.
The legend of the Celtic cat. In Celtic folklore there is a magical set of cats or “fairy cats”. In Scotland they are known as the cait sith. In Ireland they are called cait sidhe. Whether Gaelic or Scotch Gaelic they are both pronounced as “caught shee”. The cait sidhe aren’t your ordinary felines, they are thought as fairies, even witches, and as spirit creatures that merely take the form of a cat. Those that have seen them describe them as being unusually large, all black cats with a spot of white fur on their chest. Generally, the cait sidhe is viewed as fearsome and was used as a symbol by Celtic warriors.
Our Celtic Cat Pendant is absolutely purrrr-fect! This beautifully diamond accented Celtic Cat Pendant with black enamel pays tribute to the cait sidhe. The cait sidhe is a mythical fairy creature in Scottish and Irish folklore. It’s a beautiful piece of Celtic jewelry.
This Claddagh Family Birthstone Necklace is perfect to wear alone to represent your own birthstone or in multiples to signify your children or grand children.
This Claddagh Family Birthstone Necklaceis perfect to wear alone to represent your own birthstone or in multiples to signify your children. The Claddagh Family Birthstone necklace is completely customizable. You can personalize each family necklace in your choice of birthstone charms and in your choice of chain lengths as an original Mothers necklace. Each birthstone charm can represent a family member, child or grandchild. Either way, no matter the number of claddagh birthstone charms, this Irish family necklace is beautiful. Family & Mothers Jewelry is the perfect way to say thank you mom.
The claddagh birthstone family necklace can be personalized in your choice of quantity and birthstone claddagh.
Each Claddagh Birthstone Charm is made of sterling silver and has simulated birthstones.
The Claddagh Birthstone Charm measures approximately 10mm wide.
Available on your choice of a 16 inch or 18 inch chain.
Chains and charms are sold seperately.
The chain hole on the birthstone charm is 4mm oval. We recommend selecting the heavier box chain for more then 4 charms.
Every family jewelry gift from The Irish Jewelry Company comes gift boxed in our signature style, a simple white glossy gift box sealed with a satin emerald green ribbon and our gold label. Included at no additional charge is an Irish Blessing, toast or story card. If this is a gift included at no additional charge is a card for the recipient, hand written for that extra personal touch.
give traditional Celtic symbols and their meanings
The Claddagh Story….. A short history of the Claddagh ring. Long ago a young man was captured and sold into slavery from the fishing village of Claddagh. Many years passed and he wondered if his true love would wait for him. Over the years 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 as a symbol of friendship. After many years he finally returned home to Claddagh. Upon his return and to his joy he discovered his true love had waited for him. He gave her the ring as a symbol of their love, loyalty and friendship forever known now as the Claddagh.
The Trinity knot also known as the triquetra is a continuous interweaving triple knot symbolism no beginning or ending. The Celts believe the number three was sacred such as the three stages of life, the three elements; earth, sky and sea and three stages of time being past present and future. Later the Christians adopted the symbol to represent the Holy Trinity. In modern times the Trinity knot is now interpreted as the Irish love knot.
The sacred tree or Tree of Life was a central part of early Celtic spirituality. The sacred Tree of Life represented the fruitfulness of the earth, evoking spiritual growth and rebirth. Trees provided the Celts with a source for basic sustenance. Without trees, life for the Celts would have been difficult. The Celts believed the Tree of Life was rooted in the heart of the earth and that it drank the sacred waters of life. The Tree of Life stretched its branches into the heavens bridging earthly and celestial powers. Every Celtic tribe had its own sacred tree as a symbol of sovereignty, sacred wisdom and spiritual growth.
The Celtic Cross is viewed as a symbol of faith synonymous with the Irish culture. 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.
The shamrock is the traditional symbol or Ireland. The shamrock forms a triad and the Celts believed three was a mystical number. Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy Trinity to the Celts. If good things come in threes then this silver 3-leafed shamrock pendant in beautiful emerald green is definitely a good thing.
The Celtic 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, life long bond of friendship between women with our Sisters Knot.
A Celtic knot is a stylized representation of an endless knot used for decoration by the Celts. There are eight basic types of knots. They have no religious or philosophical meaning other then representing the endless intricacy of humanity and nature. Spirals are the earliest decorative motif of the Celts and the first to disappear. Death and rebirth is the symbolism in the ever changing directional flow of the spiral.
The triple spiral design of the triskele is associated with the Celts of Ireland and can be seen on the ancient site of Newgrange, in County Meath. Dating from 3200 BC, before the arrival of the Celts in Ireland, Newgrange contains carvings of the beautiful triple spiral design. Today the triskele is still used in Irish craft as a symbol with enduring meaning and beauty.
We have all heard of the infamous “grandma’s ring” or Aunt Mary’s necklace. For generations family members have always gravitated to that one piece of jewelry that symbolized their family bond. That one piece of jewelry you always remembered seeing your loved one wear. Passing on these beautiful pieces of family jewelry like a mother’s ring or family birthstone necklace has been treasured and is currently seeing a resurgent’s in popularity amongst young couples and families today.
Family jewelry can take on several forms of sentimental jewelry. Often these pieces mark various special occasions like a child’s birth, a bond between mother and child, the birthstones of grandchildren or significant life changes or milestones.
Every family is different, but every family is special. A beautiful piece of family jewelry especially something that pays tribute to one’s cultural heritage as well is even more meaningful. Family jewelry is perfect for moms to be, new moms, mothers and grandmothers.
Take for instance “Mother’s Jewelry”. This is an entire category of jewelry often talkies dedicated to the mom. It usually always says the word Mom or Mother. Often these designs are incorporated with flowers since then are usually given around or on Mother’s Day. In the case of Irish jewelry, an Irish mother’s necklace would include shamrocks because you are so lucky to have her.
The meaning of the Mothers Claddagh is one of true sentiment. The mother’s claddagh is a stylized parent and child embrace. It represents the Madonna and child and is combined with a traditional Irish claddagh. The claddagh is the symbol of friendship, love and loyalty. The claddagh is an Irish symbol that appeals to Irish and non-Irish alike. This beautiful collection of jewelry is a testament to the enduring bond between a mother, her child, faith and heritage.
Celtic Mother’s Knot
The Celtic Mother’s Knot is traditional holy trinity knot stylized with a parent and child embrace. Like the Mother’s Claddagh this mother and child union is symbolic of the Madonna and child. This beautiful religious symbol combined with a Celtic trinity knot it is a real symbol of the faithful bond between a mother and her child.
Family Birthstone Jewelry
Birthstone jewelry usually marks the birthdays of a group of family members like children or grandchildren. The Claddagh Family Birthstone Necklace is the perfect symbol of the Irish family bond. Wear this birthstone charm alone to represent your own birthstone or in multiples to signify your children or grandchildren. This family birthstone necklace is completely customizable. You can personalize each family necklace in your choice of birthstone charms and in your choice of chain lengths as an original Mothers necklace. Each birthstone charm can represent a family member, child or grandchild. Either way, no matter the number of claddagh birthstone charms, this Irish family necklace is beautiful. Family jewelry is a perfect way to say thank you mom.
Baby Bootie Charms
Now baby bootie charms are all truly adorable but an Irish baby bootie charm really takes it to that extra level of awesome. An Irish Baby Bootie Necklace is too cute for words. These Irish baby shoe charms are a brilliant reminder of just how precious our wee ones are. Each enamel baby shoe charm has a tiny shamrock in CZ. What Irish mother, mom to be or grandmother wouldn’t feel blessed to wear this Irish baby bootie necklace? Engraved on the sole of the baby shoe charm is the double shamrock and trinity knot symbolizing the spiritual bond between mother, child and God? These Irish baby shoe charms come in three colors, pink, blue and green.
Family is very important. Celebrate this strong bond with loved ones through a beautiful piece of jewelry you’ll be proud to pass on for generations to come.