Ireland is a country steeped in rich history and tradition. The country has a rich heritage of cultural symbolism, folklore and a certain magical appeal to its landscape. This possibly explains why the Irish people, regardless of where they live, always strive to observe and preserve the cultural practices and traditions. This has also attracted other people to research on as well as celebrate their culture. An important part of Celtic tradition and symbolism is their use of jewelry. The pieces of jewelry are not just for enhancing one’s looks and beauty. Most of the jewelry used have a deeply religious meaning to them as well. Thus, whether you are a Celt yourself or not, when you choose an Irish piece of jewelry, you are in essence honoring the faith of the Celtic people. Below are outlined some of the most commonly available pieces of Irish ornaments.
The Shamrock Chain
The shamrock is an important symbol for traditional Ireland. Its shape is in the form of a triad due to the mystical significance of the number three to the Irish people. Saint Patrick, who instigated Christian religion to Ireland and converted the nation, made use of the shamrock to elaborate the idea of Trinity to the Irish. The shamrock pendant of today is designed and inlaid with diamonds. It is worm by the Irish to show their love and patriotism towards their motherland.
The Celtic Cross Necklace
This is a pendant made up of a ringed cross, mostly surrounded with elegant knot work or interlace. They are to be commonly found in Irish grave yards, although they have somehow evolved in shape and meaning since the era of the Druids. The Celtic cross pendants of today are carefully crafted by hand and adorned with emeralds and other precious jewels so as to be visually attractive.
The Trinity Knot Chain
The necklace is in a three-pointed shape and its regarded deeply for its spiritual significance. Its meaning is of a Christian origin since its three points represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit respectively. It crafted nowadays using white or yellow gold and, if a cheaper option is preferred, silver as well. The most popular design of the trinity knot pendant is the emerald design since the deep green color matches the Emerald Isle.
The Saint Bridget’s Cross
The cross is a symbol for the legend of Saint Bridget who is honored for her kindness and compassion shown to the poor. It’s designed expertly by hand in Ireland. It’s always worn to show love for humanity as well as devotion to God by the wearer.