Know Everything About Saint Patrick's Day Jewelry: They're Gorgeous
-- and that's No Blarney!
March 17 is a
very special day in the year everywhere there is an Irish population.
It's not only the National Day of Ireland, but it's also the feast
day of Patrick, Ireland's national saint. In Ireland itself, as well
as in hundreds of cities in the United States, Saint Patrick's Day is
celebrated with much fanfare. Pubs serve green beer, people wear
green clothing, and everywhere you can see jewelry and other items
patterned after symbols and figures reminiscent of Irish culture and customs.
is unquestionably appropriate to wear during Saint Patrick's Day.
Jewelers carry all sorts of items shaped like shamrocks, Celtic
crosses, leprechauns, and images of the saint himself. Saint Patrick
is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and, as legend has
it, he drove all the snakes away -- so now there is no snake to be
found in all of Ireland. Gold pendants and medals bearing the image
of the saint are very popular among the Irish and those of Irish
descent who are living in other countries.
versatility of gold lends itself well to jewelry design. Items can be
made of purely gold or use gold as a backdrop to more eye-catching
gems such as diamonds and emeralds. Actor Colin Farrell, himself a
son of Ireland, is known for his trademark gold jewelry. He has even
dabbled in jewelry design himself, creating a pendant to help raise
funds for charity at the 2005 Respect Ball.
particularly popular stones in Saint Patrick's Day jewelry. The color
is reminiscent of Ireland, which is also known as the Emerald Isle.
Perhaps this is why many couples who get married during the time near
Saint Patrick's Day like having their wedding
rings inlaid with diamonds and emeralds -- especially those with
Irish blood running in their veins.
jewelry comes in many variations and forms. Claddagh refers to a
place near Galway Bay in Ireland, which was romanticized by many 19th
century writers. Claddagh rings, earrings, bracelets, and other
pieces of jewelry usually feature a crown. The Claddagh
ring or friendship ring has a tradition associated with it. If
you wear it on a finger on your left hand, you're saying that your
heart already belongs to someone else. But if you're wearing it on
your right hand, it means you're on the lookout for love.
there are pieces of jewelry that are specific to men and women.
Wearing a pair of shamrock gold or diamond cufflinks is a nice and
discreet way to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day at a formal dinner.
Women can wear charming claddagh bangles or anklets during the
special day. Many jewelers also offer bracelets for children, which
are adorned with shamrock and leprechaun charms.
saying that everyone's Irish on Saint Patrick's Day. Maybe by wearing
Irish-themed jewelry during the
day, you can even have some of the luck o' the Irish rub off on you!