Ireland is a country steeped in rich history and tradition. The country’s landscape has a certain magical attraction for people, a heritage that is full of cultural and traditional symbolism as well as folklore and legend tales. It is no wonder, then to realize that those originating from the country always hold their culture and tradition dearly and do their best to uphold it wherever they are. This has resulted in many people the world over developing interest in the cultural and traditional practices of the Celts. Jewelry plays a very significant role as far as the Irish tradition and symbolism is concerned. The pieces of jewelry are not just for enhancing one’s looks and beauty. These symbols have a deep spiritual and cultural significance for the people. Therefore, when you buy and put on a piece of Celtic jewelry, you are doing as much to honor their faith and religious beliefs, whether you are one of them or not. Below are outlined some of the most commonly available pieces of Irish ornaments.
The Shamrock Pendant
The traditional Ireland is symbolized by the shamrock. Its shape is in the form of a triad due to the mystical significance of the number three to the Irish people. During the introduction of and the conversion of Ireland to Christianity, Saint Patrick made use of the shamrock to introduce the doctrine of Trinity to the Celts. Nowadays, the shamrock pendant usually is presented and inlaid with diamonds. It is a symbol of the pride and patriotism of the Irish people to their motherland.The pendant symbolizes the patriotism and pride of the Irish in their country.
The Celtic Cross Necklace
This pendant is designed as a cross with rings, and it is overlaid with an excellent design of knots or laces interwoven onto it. 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 Necklace
This pendant has three points and it has a deep spiritual significance. Its symbolism is drawn from Christianity, with the three points standing for 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 emerald design is the most liked type of the trinity knot pendant due to its resemblance to the Emerald Isle because of its deep green color.
The Saint Bridget’s Cross
This pendant symbolizes the benevolence and kindheartedness of Saint Bridget who was believed to be a very religious person who tended to the poor in her day. It is usually made by hand in Ireland and it has an elegant design. The person who buys and wears the pendant shows their love for humanity as well as devout faith in God.