Given the weekend that is upon us, in truly festive form, we have trailed the internet and our junior cert history books to find you 6 interesting facts about Irish Jewellery. Enjoy and Happy St Patricks Day.
- The Tara Brooch - is a stunning piece of Jewellery that dates back to the early medieval period in Ireland. But, the Tara Brooch, one of the most famous pieces of Irish Jewellery, is not actually a brooch at all. It was likely worn as a cloak fastener or as a decorative pin on a tunic or dress. The brooch is named after the Hill of Tara, an ancient royal site in Ireland.
- The Claddagh ring - a traditional Irish ring that features two hands holding a heart, has a specific way of being worn that conveys the wearer's relationship status. The ring is named after the Claddagh neighbourhood in Galway and has been worn for centuries as a symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship. If the ring is worn on the right hand with the heart facing out, it means the wearer is single. If the ring is worn on the right hand with the heart facing in, it means the wearer is in a relationship. If the ring is worn on the left hand with the heart facing in, it means the wearer is engaged, and if it is worn on the left hand with the heart facing out, it means the wearer is married. Modern dating is such a pain!
- Celtic Cross -The Celtic Cross is a symbol of Irish Christianity and features a cross with a circle around the intersection. The circle is thought to represent the sun or the moon, while the cross represents Christianity. The intricate knotwork designs that often decorate the cross are a hallmark of Celtic art.
- The Ancient Irish - believed that wearing a torc, a circular necklace made of twisted metal, would grant the wearer supernatural powers and protect them from harm.
- Connemara Marble - a unique green marble found only in western Ireland, is often used to create beautiful pieces of Irish Jewellery. The marble is believed to have healing properties and is said to bring luck and prosperity to the wearer.
- The Torc - one of the earliest forms of Irish Jewellery was the torc, a circular necklace worn around the neck or wrist. These were often made from twisted strands of gold or bronze and decorated with intricate knotwork patterns.
Lesson over :-) Happy St Patricks day for all our customers, shopper, and friends near and far.