The Irish Harp is the national symbolofIreland. The traditional instrument is featured on Irish coins, the Presidential Seal, the Irish passport and the Irish coat of arms. Scholars have found that the Irish harp’s popularity with the Irish people dates back to the 1500’s. However the Irish Harp can only be considered the national symbol of Ireland when it’s in ‘left facing’ form.
Only a left facing harp is the registered symbol of Ireland, why is that you ask? Blame that beloved Irish beverage company Guinness. In 1922, when Irish officials tried to register the harp as the national trademark, they were advised it could only register the rights to a left facing harp because Guinness had already registered a right facing harp as the Guinness mark and had been trading under it since 1862!
The Celtic Harp
The Celtic harp is a wire strung instrument with a triangular frame. The Celtic harp also known as the Irish Harp is traditional to Ireland and Scotland. It is known as cláirseach in Irish Gaelic and clàrsach in Scottish Gaelic. The Celtic harp is an ancient instrument associated with the ruling class and required skill and much practice to play.
The Royal Harp for for an Irish King
Ireland’s national emblem is actually based on the Brian Boru Harp. Irish legend says Brian Boru played the harp the night before the Battle of Clontarf. This Irish harp is also known as the Trinity Harp, and is on display in Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room. You know the place. Its the beautifully dramatic old library of TrinityCollege that holds a collection of 200,000 the oldest books with the gorgeous barrel ceiling used in numerous movie scenes.
Celtic symbols have been rooted in ancient Celtic folklore derived from their love of agriculture and symbolism. The Celtic culture covers a large area Europe known as the Celtic Nations that have Celtic cultural customs until this day. The Celtic Nations include England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the north pf France. The Celtic tribes lived in small rural groups or clans that were dependent on the weather and the seasons for a fertile harvest to survive the winter. Natural phenomenon, life cycles like birth and death as well as natural elements such as the sun or thunder is what helped shape the deities and the Celtic symbols and their meaning and their use in daily life. The Celtics felt a deep connection to nature and their Celtic symbols reflect that strong tie to the Earth and their Celtic symbols and meaning.
The Celtic Couples Knot is a symbol of eternal and everlasting love between two people. Our Celtic Couples Knot Jewelry Collection pledges your eternal love with this woven Celtic knot. Like true love Celtic knots have not ending. The Celtic Couples Knot Jewelry Collection is the perfect gift for that special someone in your life.
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.
Our 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.
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.
Symbol for Strength
What’s the Celtic symbol for strength and courage? The Dara Knot is the most notable symbols for strength and courage. The Dara Knot is an intricate type of knot that resembles a tree. The Irish word ‘doire’ means ‘oak tree’, and the knot shows both the tree and the root system. Trees were very significant in Celtic life and oaks were considered especially sacred. It represents wisdom, strength, power, and leadership. The Dara Celtic knot is available in a variety of ways but is generally meant to symbolize the root system of the oak tree. It is a modern creation that many view as a more complex and ornate version of the quaternary knot.
Mother’sDay is celebrated every year in the United States on the second Sunday of May. Mothers Day is an international holiday celebrating motherhood. It is the time to appreciate and honor all mothers and mother figures. Family members including their children and grandchildren give Mothers Day gifts, like motherhood jewelry, cards, flowers, candy. The day is often spent dining with family at a restaurant.
It is special occasions like Mothers Day that make gifts such as the Mothers Claddagh even more meaningful and treasured. The Mothers Claddagh jewelry collection represents the eternal bond of friendship, love and loyalty shared between a mother and her child. 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.
The definition of Family is – “the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; also : any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family.” according to the Merrian Webster Dictionary.
Mother’sDay is right around the corner! But this Mother’sDay feels different, special and her Mothers Day Gift should be special, too. Whether you’re celebrating yourself, gifting to that special mom or mother figures in your life finding truly one-of-a-kind item can make all the difference. Your mother is your best friend and certainly your biggest fan always. Show her, and all the important women in your life, you love just how much you care with the perfect Gift for Mother’sDay. Whether you are shopping for your wife, mother, grandmother, stepmom, aunt, sister, or another beautiful strong woman in your life, the Celtic Mothers Knot Jewelry Collection is a great Mothers Day gifts to give mom.
Our Diamond Celtic Mother’s Knot Ring is a brilliant gift for any Irish mom or mother to be. “Grá Máthair” translated from Gaelic means “A mother’s love”. Is there any love greater then that of a mother and her children? She certainly deserves the best especially a Celtic Mother’s Knot Diamond Ring in sterling silver with approximately 1/8 carat in diamonds.
Celtic Mothers Knot Cross Pendant
There is an old Irish saying that says “A mother holds her children’s hands for a little while and their hearts forever.” This Celtic Mothers Knot Cross Necklace is the perfect Celtic cross for any Celtic or Irish mother.
Awwww Mother’sDay, a wonderful day of celebration honoring the mother or matriarch of the family. It also celebrates the beauty of motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in our lives today. Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days around the world. It is most commonly in the spring months of March or May around Easter time. Mother’s Day is a great celebration similar to the celebrations honoring family members, such as Father’s Day, SiblingsDay, and GrandparentsDay. It is a celebration of motherhood that shows its appreciation of all the hard work mothers and mother figures do for their families.
So when is Mothers Day exactly?
Mothers Day is a great holiday in honor of mothers celebrated in many countries throughout the world. The modern form of the holiday and the way in which it is celebrated originated in the United Sates. However, the date of Mother’s Day varies around the world. Anna Jarvis a resident of Philadelphia, whose mother was an activist who had organized various women’s organization to promote friendship and health, originated Mother’s Day. In 1907 she held a memorial service for her mother at her church, in West Virginia. Shortly there after within a few years virtually every state in the United States was observing the day as Mothers Day. The day honoring mothers became so popular that by 1914 U.S. Pres. Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday forever dedicating a day in the US to celebrate and honor mothers.
When in Mother’s Day in the US?
In the United States, Mother’s Day is always celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May.
When is Mother’s Day in the UK?
In the UK, mothers are honored in spring on the fourth Sunday of Lent, right before Easter Sunday. The Custom developed in the Middle Ages as a way to allow those who had moved away to visit their home parishes and mothers on Laetare Sunday, or the fourth Sunday of Lent. This is how the holiday became known as Mothering Sunday in Britain,and in modern times is refereed to as Mother’s Day.
When is Mother’s Day in Ireland?
In Ireland, like in the United Kingdom, Mothering Sunday (Mother’sDay) as it is lovingly refereed, it is held on the fourth Sunday in Lent. It is usually in March or at the beginning of April, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. Mother’s Day 2021 in the US is almost her so show her how much you care.
Mother’sDay celebrates motherhood and is a day to make an extra-special effort to recognize and appreciate mothers’ roles in our lives with a special Mother’s Day Gift. Often this day is extended to multi generations of mothers including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers—as well as tomother figures who are also given Mothers Day Gifts.
The Claddagh Mom Ring is a beautiful tribute for any mother. This new modern twist on a traditional claddagh ring creating the word “Mom” takes Irish claddagh rings to a new level of great design. The claddagh mom ring is a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty between a mother and her child. The Mom Claddagh Ring is exclusive to The Irish Jewelry Company.
Give Mom a gift she will truly treasure especially your Irish mom. This brilliant stylized oval Mom pendant with filigree shamrocks is a lovely tribute to mom’s Irish heritage. The shamrock is a 3-leaf clover and is the symbol of Ireland. The shamrock forms a triad and the Celts believed three was a mystical number. In Ireland shamrocks are traditionally for good luck. Tell her how “Lucky” you are to have her for a mom! The Irish Mom Pendant is exclusive to The Irish Jewelry Company.
“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
“Will you marry Me”? It is probably the greatest question you will ever ask or be asked and one of the most important times in your life. Choose a ring just as significant, and one the holds symbolic meaning. Celtic wedding rings and Celtic engagement rings hold a deep significance in the daily lives of many men and women, especially in the Celtic culture. In memory of a loved one. Jewelry like rings is often worn to commemorate special occasions in one’s life like a promise of love, lifelong commitment through marriage or in memory of a loved one.
The Origins of the Wedding Ring Tradition
The origin of the exchanging of rings or the wedding ring tradition some 3,00 years but even more exciting the first recorded history of a diamond wedding ring dates to the incredibly early 1400’s. The Western tradition of exchanging wedding rings is said to have originated in ancient Rome and Greece. Early engagement rings or wedding bands were exchanged as a dowry and then later then were used as a promise ring of fidelity. Our modern custom of exchanging wedding rings and engagement rings is derived from Christendom from Europe in the Middle Ages. Many have argued that the tradition of the ring finger or the wearing of the ring on the fourth finger of the left hand is traced all the way back to the Egyptians. The Egyptians held the belief that the vena amoris, the vein of love ran heart to the top of the fourth finger on the left hand.
Celtic Wedding Rings are Rich in Beauty and Culture
Many people of Celtic heritage often desire a Celtic wedding inspired by the tradition of the Celtic Nations, especially Ireland. There are six regions recognized as Celtic nations, and they are Ireland, Brittany, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Scotland, and Wales.
Who Buys a Celtic Engagement Ring or Wedding Ring?
Many Irish Americans and those who connect with the heritage of the Celtic nations identify with Celtic wedding rings and Celtic engagement rings inspired by historical Irish traditions and heritage. Celtic rings are an appealing and distinctive take on the engagement ring and wedding band.
Two Popular Styles of Traditional Celtic Wedding Rings
The Claddagh Ring is a type of fede ring. The name fede comes from the Italian phrase “mani fede” meaning hands joined in faith. It is also commonly referred to as the hands and heart ring. There is also a version known as the Fenian Claddagh or Dublin Claddagh. This version does not have a crown and was made in Dublin in the 1800’s. In Irish tradition claddagh rings are passed down from mother to daughter. Joyce later begun the romantic tradition of giving a claddagh ring to a loved one as a promise of friendship, love, and loyalty.
The Celtic Knot Ring
There are many Celtic knot ring styles, but all Celtic Knot Rings are magnificent in their intricate design and cultural meaning. The basic principle of a Celtic knot is that it is an endless knot. Throughout the centuries the Irish have carried on the traditional Celtic folklore of the Celtic knot and adapted many versions of the knot. Endless Celtic knots make the perfect design inspiration for engagement rings and wedding bands. Celtic knot engagement rings speak volumes about Irish heritage and meaning. Any one can enjoy the beautiful design and symbolic meaning of these unique wedding rings.
This Aran Rope Claddagh Wedding Band is a finely crafted Irish masterpiece accented in all sterling silver. This designer claddagh wedding band is inspired by the warmth of the Irish wool fibers twisted into the beautiful and strong yarn that is knitted into traditional Aran sweaters. The Aran sweater is a symbol of Irish heritage and traditional Irish customs. The claddagh wedding ring is a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty and it makes the perfect Irish Claddagh wedding ring for any Celtic man.
This Diamond Claddagh Engagement Ring radiates exquisite beauty. The Diamond Claddagh ring is one of Ireland’s best-known symbols of love. A Diamond Claddagh engagement ringhas three symbolic parts. The heart stands for love, the crown is for loyalty, and the hands are for friendship. Experience every stage of love, loyalty, and friendship. There is an old Irish saying that goes, “With These hands, I give you my heart and crown it with my love”.
About us: The Irish Jewelry Company was founded by award-winning designer Jennifer Derrig. The Irish Jewelry Company Claddagh ring collection offers classic and contemporary Claddagh rings, all handcrafted.
The Luckenbooth is traditionally a Scottish love token. The Luckenbooth brooch design is an ancient symbol of Scotland, and a traditional token of betrothal as a symbol of affection, friendship and fidelity given as a loving gift for the past four hundred years.
Scotland a land of exquisite highland beauty and now synonymous with the popular TV series Outlander and its leading main heartthrob Jamie. During season 5 of Outlander Jocasta, Murtagh’s lover can be seen wearing a beautiful luckenbooth worn on a cord given to her by Murtagh as she and Jamie lament over his passing. The luckenbooth brooch is as traditional to Scotland as are kilt pins are to kilts dating back to the 17th century.
History of the Luckenbooth..
The earliest luckenbooth brooches are on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The first brooches were remarkably simple hearts usually inscribed with romantic sayings such as “Wrong not the heart whose joy thou art” or “My heart you have and yours I crave”. They were mostly made of silver and given to a sweetheart or as a betrothal gift. It was known as a witch-brooch and used to save children from the evil eye as a talisman of protection for new parents to ward off witches and pinned to the newborn’s clothes. Nursing mothers also wore them as a magical charm to help their milk flow.
The Luckenbooth brooch or Scottish Love Brooch is a heart-shaped brooch, either a single or double intertwined heart with a crown. Historians believe the original design was created as a betrothal brooch for Mary Queen of Scots from the teenage Dauphin of France, whom she married in 1558, hence the two hearts and the crown.
Origins of the Luckenbooth name…
These Luckenbooth brooches often have a crown above one heart, or two intertwined hearts. They are typically made of silver since it was affordable, easy to work with and may be engraved or set with stones. The name comes from the Luckenbooths or “locked booths” of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, where jewelry and trinkets used to be sold, including this type of brooch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.