Family Jewelry – Treasured Family Heirlooms

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We have all heard of the infamous “grandma’s ring” or Aunt Mary’s necklace. For generations family members have always gravitated to that one piece of jewelry that symbolized their family bond. That one piece of jewelry you always remembered seeing your loved one wear. Passing on these beautiful pieces of family jewelry like a mother’s ring or family birthstone necklace has been treasured and is currently seeing a resurgent’s in popularity amongst young couples and families today.

Family jewelry can take on several forms of sentimental jewelry. Often these pieces mark various special occasions like a child’s birth, a bond between mother and child, the birthstones of grandchildren or significant life changes or milestones.

Every family is different, but every family is special. A beautiful piece of family jewelry especially something that pays tribute to one’s cultural heritage as well is even more meaningful. Family jewelry is perfect for moms to be, new moms, mothers and grandmothers.

Mother’s Jewelry

Take for instance “Mother’s Jewelry”. This is an entire category of jewelry often talkies dedicated to the mom. It usually always says the word Mom or Mother. Often these designs are incorporated with flowers since then are usually given around or on Mother’s Day. In the case of Irish jewelry, an Irish mother’s necklace would include shamrocks because you are so lucky to have her.

Mother’s Claddagh

The meaning of the Mothers Claddagh is one of true sentiment. The mother’s claddagh is a stylized parent and child embrace. It represents the Madonna and child and is combined with a traditional Irish claddagh. The claddagh is the symbol of friendship, love and loyalty. The claddagh is an Irish symbol that appeals to Irish and non-Irish alike. This beautiful collection of jewelry is a testament to the enduring bond between a mother, her child, faith and heritage.

Celtic Mother’s Knot

The Celtic Mother’s Knot is traditional holy trinity knot stylized with a parent and child embrace. Like the Mother’s Claddagh this mother and child union is symbolic of the Madonna and child. This beautiful religious symbol combined with a Celtic trinity knot it is a real symbol of the faithful bond between a mother and her child.

Family Birthstone Jewelry

Birthstone jewelry usually marks the birthdays of a group of family members like children or grandchildren. The Claddagh Family Birthstone Necklace is the perfect symbol of the Irish family bond. Wear this birthstone charm alone to represent your own birthstone or in multiples to signify your children or grandchildren. This family birthstone necklace is completely customizable. You can personalize each family necklace in your choice of birthstone charms and in your choice of chain lengths as an original Mothers necklace. Each birthstone charm can represent a family member, child or grandchild. Either way, no matter the number of claddagh birthstone charms, this Irish family necklace is beautiful. Family jewelry is a perfect way to say thank you mom.

Baby Bootie Charms

Now baby bootie charms are all truly adorable but an Irish baby bootie charm really takes it to that extra level of awesome. An Irish Baby Bootie Necklace is too cute for words. These Irish baby shoe charms are a brilliant reminder of just how precious our wee ones are. Each enamel baby shoe charm has a tiny shamrock in CZ. What Irish mother, mom to be or grandmother wouldn’t feel blessed to wear this Irish baby bootie necklace? Engraved on the sole of the baby shoe charm is the double shamrock and trinity knot symbolizing the spiritual bond between mother, child and God? These Irish baby shoe charms come in three colors, pink, blue and green.

Family is very important. Celebrate this strong bond with loved ones through a beautiful piece of jewelry you’ll be proud to pass on for generations to come.

Jennifer Derrig,
Owner of The Irish Jewelry Company
Shop Irish Jewelry at the Best Irish Jewelry Store, The Irish Jewelry Company. http://www.theirishjewelrycompany.com/

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Birthstone Jewelry Meaning and Powers

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via Birthstone Jewelry Meaning and Powers.

Birthstone jewelry is extremely personal and a great way to express who you are. Birthstone jewelry comes in a variety of options from pendants and earrings to rings and bracelets. This type of jewelry is a wonderful gift for any woman especially moms, grandmothers and children. Many companies offer family birthstone jewelry which allows you to personalize multi charms with birthstones of your choice to represent family members.

For centuries many cultures have valued various gemstones for their rare beauty. Many cultures believed gemstones had mystical powers. Legend says that wearing a birthstone during it’s month heightens its powers.

It has been said that the first list of twelve birthstones is said to be mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the bible. The traditional list of birthstones was created in 1912 and has been updated several times since to accommodate growing trends in jewelry.

Unfortunately only a chosen few are lucky enough to be born in the month of April and have diamond as their birthstone. Regardless of the month you are born all gemstones are beautiful. They are truly a gift from Mother Nature and should be valued and treasured. Birthstone jewelry makes a meaningful gift that can be passed on for generations.

Birthstone Chart and Symbolic Meaning.

January – Garnet is thought to symbolize faith, fidelity, and truth. It is traditionally a second anniversary gift.

February – Amethyst is thought to symbolize royalty, sincerity and strength.

March – Aquamarine is a symbol of contentment and eternal youth.

April – Diamond is a girl’s best friend and a symbol of loyalty. It is traditionally given as a tenth anniversary gift.

May – Emerald is believed to promote intellect and integrity. This gemstone is given for twentieth and thirty – fifth anniversaries.

June – Alexandrite is thought to be both unbreakable, strong and to increases self – esteem.

July – Ruby is believed to preserve mental health controlling passionate desires, and reconciling disputes. It is traditionally given for the fourteenth and fifteenth anniversary.

August – Peridot is thought to provide protection, health, and to attract love. It is traditionally given for the sixteenth anniversary.

September – Sapphire is said to provide its wearer with spiritual enlightenment and inner peace. The gem of destiny is given as a fifth anniversary gift.

October – Pink Tourmaline is believed to be protective.

November – Citrine is believed to symbolize lightheartedness and joy.

December – Blue Topaz legend says that it dispels all enchantment and helps to improve eyesight. It is the anniversary gemstone for the 4th year of marriage.

By Jennifer Derrig
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The Celtic Owl

The word “cailleach” in the Scottish-Gaelic means old woman!, Owl in Gaelic is “cauileach-oidhche”  , believe it or not it means “night-cockerel” or “white old woman of the night.”  Because the owl was most often associated with the Crone aspect of the Celtic Hag Goddess “Cailleach”. The owl is often a guide to and through the Underworld, a creature of keen sight in darkness, and a silent and swift hunter. Celtic folklore says the wise owl can give you wisdom by helping unmask those who would deceive you or take advantage of you. “Hoo” knew?

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Claddagh Meaning

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The Meaning of the Claddagh… 

The Irish Claddagh, pronounced [klah-duh] is called a fáinne Chladaigh in Irish. The traditional Irish Claddagh ring is a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty. The hands of the claddagh ring stand for friendship. The heart of the claddadgh ring stands for love and the crown is a symbol of loyalty. The Claddagh has actually been worn since Roman times! The beautiful meaning of the claddagh ring has made the claddagh ring a celebrated romantic gift for people of all nationalities. But none can argue that the claddagh ring holds a rather special meaning to those romantics of Irish heritage.

The Claddagh Story….. A short history of the Claddagh ring. Long ago a young man was captured and sold into slavery from the fishing village of Claddagh. Many years passed and he wondered if his true love would wait for him. Over the years he stole tiny bits of gold from his master to make her a ring. He fashioned a heart for love, a crown for loyalty and hands as a symbol of friendship. After many years he finally returned home to Claddagh. Upon his return and to his joy he discovered his true love had waited for him. He gave her the ring as a symbol of their love, loyalty and friendship forever known now as the Claddagh. Do you have someone in your life to which you pledge your love, loyalty and friendship forever?

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traditional celtic jewelry symbols and their meanings


Shamrock

The shamrock is the traditional symbol or Ireland. The shamrock forms a triad and the Celts believed three was a mystical number. Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy Trinity to the Celts. If good things come in threes then this silver 3-leafed shamrock pendant in beautiful emerald green is definitely a good thing.

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Trinity Knot

The Trinity knot also known as the triquetra is a continuous interweaving triple knot symbolism no beginning or ending. The Celts believe the number three was sacred such as the three stages of life, the three elements; earth, sky and sea and three stages of time  being past present and future.  Later the Christians adopted the symbol to represent the Holy Trinity. In modern times the Trinity knot is now interpreted as the Irish love knot.

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Celtic Cross

The Celtic Cross is viewed as a symbol of faith synonymous with the Irish culture. Legend also says St. Patrick, while preaching Christianity drew a cross through a Celtic circle symbolic of the moon Goddess. Hence the Celtic cross was born. Today the circle of the cross is viewed as a of God’s endless love.

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Tree of Life

The sacred tree or Tree of Life was a central part of early Celtic spirituality. The sacred Tree of Life represented the fruitfulness of the earth, evoking spiritual growth and rebirth. Trees provided the Celts with a source for basic sustenance. Without trees, life for the Celts would have been difficult. The Celts believed the Tree of Life was rooted in the heart of the earth and that it drank the sacred waters of life. The Tree of Life stretched its branches into the heavens bridging earthly and celestial powers. Every Celtic tribe had its own sacred tree as a symbol of sovereignty, sacred wisdom and spiritual growth.

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Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh Story….. A short history of the Claddagh ring. Long ago a young man was captured and sold into slavery from the fishing village of Claddagh. Many years passed and he wondered if his true love would wait for him. Over the years he stole tiny bits of gold from his master to make her a ring. He fashioned a heart for love, a crown for loyalty and hands as a symbol of friendship. After many years he finally returned home to Claddagh. Upon his return and to his joy he discovered his true love had waited for him. He gave her the ring as a symbol of their love, loyalty and friendship forever known now as the Claddagh.

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Wild Irish Rose

The Wild Irish Rose is a celebration of the sturdy, self-reliant and gorgeous Irish women past, present and future.

Like the song says….. “My Wild Irish Rose, The sweetest flower that grows. You may search everywhere, But none can compare with My Wild Irish Rose”

Excerpt from the song My Wild Irish Rose written by Chauncey Olcott.

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The Irish Harp

The Irish harp, although not as renowned as the shamrock is the official emblem of Ireland. The Irish harps status as the official insignia of Ireland dates centuries and the elegant instrument’s history tells much about the history of the Emerald Isle.

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Celtic Sisters Knot

The Celtic Sisters Knot is a symbol of sisterhood and the strong, eternal bond we share with our sisters and friends. The intricate Celtic knot heart is an unbroken line symbolic of an everlasting love. The stylized triquetra or triple spiral, woven within the Celtic knot heart symbolizes the three stages of woman. The three stages of woman are maid, mother and wise woman. Where are you and your sisters on the spiral of life? Celebrate the powerful, life long bond of friendship between women with our Sisters Knot.

Triskele

The triple spiral design of the triskele is associated with the Celts of Ireland and can be seen on the ancient site of Newgrange, in County Meath. Dating from 3200 BC, before the arrival of the Celts in Ireland, Newgrange contains carvings of the beautiful triple spiral design. Today the triskele is still used in Irish craft as a symbol with enduring meaning and beauty.

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Celtic Knot

A Celtic knot is a stylized representation of an endless knot used for decoration by the Celts. There are eight basic types of knots. They have no religious or philosophical meaning other then representing the endless intricacy of humanity and nature. Spirals are the earliest decorative motif of the Celts and the first to disappear. Death and rebirth is the symbolism in the ever changing directional flow of the spiral.

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