We are featuring all Irelands Eye Knitwear and Keith Jack Jewelry starting Monday, February 18 through Saturday, March 16. Make a purchase and get 10% off any item from these fine crafters. Like most of the items we carry, our support of these makers is as much about their story as it is about the quality of their product.
ShanOre Claddagh Ring with 10K Gold Heart[/caption] Few symbols are recognizable, more quintessentially Irish than the Claddagh. The hands clasping a crowned heart, symbolize love (the heart), loyalty (the crown), and friendship (the outstretched hands). The Claddagh originates in the fishing village of Claddagh, which is now in the center of Galway, but was once just outside of the city walls. According to Wikipedia: There are many legends about the origins of the ring, particularly concerning Richard Joyce, a silversmith from Galway circa 1700, who is said to have invented the Claddagh design as we know it. Legend has it that Joyce was captured and enslaved by Algerian Corsairs around 1675 ShanOre Men's Claddagh Ring while on a passage to the West Indies; he was sold into slavery to a Moorish goldsmith who taught him the craft. King William III sent an ambassador to Algeria to demand the release of any and all British subjects who were enslaved in that country, which at the time would have included Richard Joyce. After fourteen years, Joyce was released and returned to Galway and brought along with him the ring he had fashioned while in captivity: what we've come to know as the Claddagh. He gave the ring to his sweetheart, married, and became a goldsmith with "considerable success". His initials are in one of the earliest surviving Claddagh rings but there are three other rings also made around that time, bearing the mark of goldsmith Thomas Meade. ShanOre Birthstone Claddagh Rings make an excellent Birthday gift[/caption] Today, Claddagh Rings are worn throughout the world by the Irish Keith Jack Claddagh Diamond Ring[/caption] and people of Irish decent and can have many meanings. It's a common practice for parents to give their daughters Claddagh rings as birthday or first communion gifts, and friends or sisters sometimes exchange Claddaghs as a token of eternal friendship and loyalty. Of course, Claddaghs are also often worn as engagement rings or wedding bands and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more fitting token of true love. Knowing how to properly wear a Claddagh can get confusing and you might hear mixed information on which finger you should wear the ring. Let us help clear things up with these simple, Claddagh traditions. -Worn on the right hand, with the heart facing out, indicates that the wearer is single. -Worn on the right hand, with the heart facing in, the wearer's heart is taken. -Worn on the left hand, with the heart facing out, indicates that the wearer in engaged. -Worn on the left hand, with the heart facing in, shows that the wearer is married.
ShanOre Jewelry stone set Celtic Knot Pendant We love Celtic jewelry at The Celtic Ranch. Love. It. We love all the knots, the braids, the crosses, the Claddaghs, stones, pearls and just all of it! ShanOre Irish Handcrafted jewelry have been creating timeless pieces since 1979, their engagement ring, claddagh ring, and Tara's Diary collections of Celtic jewelry are among some of the most sought after, not only for their beauty of design, but also for their craftsmanship and modern take on tradition. ShanOre's collection of Celtic wedding rings for men and women are among some of the most elegant and unique, they offer many different options of metal and diamonds, and for those who like a simpler look they make a variety of Celtic knot rings which can be wrought in silver, gold, and white gold. Claddagh rings are a Celtic jewelry staple. Traditionally Irish, but many people who are not Irish have taken up the tradition as well, because "Love, Loyalty, Friendship" transcends nationality. ShanOre is famous for making some of the prettiest Claddagh ring designs in the industry. They also make the Claddagh symbol into pendants and earrings of all sizes, many designed to coordinate with their rings which make an elegant statement when worn as a set. Trinity knots, also called simply Celtic knots, have no beginning or end, representing infinite love, possibility, and connection in a spiritual or romantic sense. Trinity knots are widely represented in ShanOre's designs among our favorites is this simple, elegant ring expertly crafted in sterling silver. Another favorite is the trinity pearl set, which includes a ring, pendant, and earrings of a trinity knot graced at the end with a single pearl. Celtic crosses are unique in their symbology, decorated with Claddaghs, knots, and depictions of events in the Bible, each design is singular and widely used in Celtic jewelry. ShanOre creates some of the most interesting and ornate pieces, including a St. Brigid's cross that has become a customer favorite. ShanOre birthstone Claddagh ring[/caption] We can't leave without discussing the tree of life, another traditional symbol widely used in Celtic jewelry. ShanOre's remarkable tree designs respect the historical aspects of the tree joining heaven and Earth, uniting the worlds, while bringing to them a modern touch. You can see why ShanOre is one of our favorite Celtic jewelry lines, the pieces we've shared here are a very small part of their entire collection. Come to the shop or visit our website and see our extensive collection, and watch our video of a Claddagh ring being made.
On Valentine's day we think of love, romance, passion, Ireland... It's a cool and dreary island, with frequent gray days which makes for a passionate group of folks! Let's look at some Irish (there are too many to list here) terms of affection: A chara (uh KHAR-uh): This means friend Mo anam chara (mo anum KHAR-uh): Soul friend, this differs from soul mate, as it can be used in a less romantic sense, and more of a spiritual sense. A stór (uh stohr): My treasure, can be used for a romantic love or for a child, a more general endearment.
For extra luck, a lucky shamrock made of lucky horseshoes! Few things in our modern world are as much about tradition as the marriage ceremony. If you want to throw it all the way back to Celtic times, consider these ten Celtic wedding traditions. Some are still familiar today, while others seem from another time entirely. Isn't it romantic? 1. Tying the knot. Celtic couples literally tied the knot as part of their commitment. A beautiful cord was wrapped around their clasped hands as a symbol of their lives joined together forever. Sometimes the best things do have strings attached. 2. Claddagh ring. This sweet symbol has been a part of Irish romance for ages. Worn in certain ways to denote the wearer's relationship status, on the wedding day it is placed on the left hand to face the heart. Sigh...true love. 3. Horseshoes. The Irish consider horses a lucky animal so carrying a horseshoe on such an important day seems logical, if a bit clunky. Modern brides tuck horseshoe charms into a bouquet or bracelet. It's a lucky charm, so to speak. 4. Blue wedding gowns. It was British Queen Victoria who started the white wedding gown rage. Before her time it was a pale blue dress that symbolized purity. Bring back that beautiful color as tradition and make your guests wonder. 5. Irish Grushie. Guests throw coins at the bride and groom in a flurry of well wishes for the future. What's not to love about people throwing money at you? 6. Jumping the broom. This ancient Celtic tradition was thought to solidify the separation between home and the wild. The higher the leap, the stronger the marriage. Plus it just sounds fun. 7. Marriage bell. The couple is presented with a bell to be displayed in their home and used to call a truce in any marital argument. Saved by the bell is not a bad idea. 8. Unity Candle. This tradition has stuck around, and for good reason. The symbolic joining of two families into one flame is powerful. 9. Loving Cup (Quaich). This two-handled cup is shared between the bride and groom and sometimes among members of the two families to symbolize all of the sharing that is to come. Everyone can drink to that. 10. Tartan Plaids and Kilts. We have said it before and we will say it again. You want your groom to look his best on your wedding day and everyone loves a well-dressed man in a kilt.