Green gemstones, clovers, and Claddagh rings. These are a few of many highlights for Saint Patrick’s Day.
When people think of green gems, emerald usually is the first stone that comes to mind. Emerald, the lustrous variety of the gem species beryl, is often associated with nature. This association makes sense for Ireland’s title, The Emerald Isle. The finest emeralds in the world, historically, are found in the Muzo mines of Colombia. The crystals are of the highest quality and as a result of this quality, other emeralds from all over the world are compared to Colombia’s emeralds.
With emeralds, the tradition of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day will be easy to accomplish. For your green ensemble, check out our 14kt White Gold Genuine Emerald Channel Set Band and our 14K Gold Emerald & Diamond Earrings.
Another gem that is uncommon but equally as beautiful as emerald is tsavorite garnet, a green variety of garnet found in East Africa. This garnet variety is incredibly rare and Moijey Fine Jewelry & Diamonds has the good fortune of having a piece of tsavorite garnet jewelry in our inventory. Look for yourself with our Brand New Genuine Tsavorite Garnet and Diamond Clover Pendant.
The clover has an interesting connection with Saint Patrick and Ireland. During Saint Patrick’s time, Ireland was still adjusting to Christianity and many people still held onto their pagan beliefs. Saint Patrick used a shamrock – a three-leaf clover – to explain the Holy Trinity to people with each leaf representing The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. For examples of our four-leafed treasures, take a look at our 14K White Gold Diamond Clover Necklace and our sweet 14K Clover Earrings.
Another trinity in Irish culture involves the Claddagh ring, one of the most recognizable symbols of Irish culture. The Claddagh is a ring with a crowned heart held by two hands. The crown stands for loyalty, the hands symbolize friendship, and the heart is for love.
What makes the Claddagh unique is that it can be worn four ways. On the right hand, if the crown is facing your arm, that means you are single. If the crown is facing your fingernail, that tells the world that you are in a relationship. On the left hand, the heart facing outward signifies that you are engaged, and the heart facing your arm tells the world that you are happily married.
What was described here is only a starting point for Saint Patrick’s Day and Irish culture. We plan to divulge more into Irish jewelry and the stories behind it in the near future. For now, we will conclude with an Irish blessing:
May God grant you always…
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to cheer you.
Faithful friends near you.
And whenever you pray, heaven to hear you.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!