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    The Romance of ShanOre Irish Handcrafted Celtic Jewelry

    ShanOre Jewelry stone set Celtic Knot Pendant 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 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.

    Where do we find all these treasures?

    ShanOre Claddagh birthstone ring ShanOre Claddagh birthstone ring I cannot count how many times, we've had a customer ask "where to you get all this?"  Good question! Terry buys from many places, including Ireland, Scotland, England, and even trade shows in New York and Las Vegas. Let's take a look at where she buys some of the exclusive treasures you love. Ireland: Once a year in Dublin there is a trade show called Showcase Dublin, billed as "the best of Irish creativity in one of Europe's most vibrant cities";  where artists and craftspeople from Ireland congregate to set up a booth to showcase (see?) their goods. Among these are some familiar names: Branigan Weavers, Jimmy Hourihan, John Hanly, Mucros Weavers, Mullingar pewter ShanOre Irish Jewelers, Fado Jewelry, and Hannah Hats. This is also where Ireland's best and brightest new artists, craftspeople and designers come to present their goods for sale to shopkeepers around the globe.  Some of the individual artisans Terry has found there include: Skaramanda jewelry, Ian Carty ceramics, Ian Carty Ceramics Candle Pot Ian Carty Ceramics Candle Pot BombyxMORI silk and felted wool scarves, and Siobhan hats and capes. Great Britain: Many of the pieces from Great Britain are companies that are at Showcase Dublin such as: A E Williams Pewter, St. Justin Pewter from Cornwall, and many others. New York: There are a multitude of trade shows in New York, recently Terry has been travelling there to gather pieces from all over, to increase the fair trade collections in The Celtic Ranch. Among these are: Copper and tin ornaments from Thailand and India, and leather goods from India. While these are not specifically Irish companies, they embody the Irish spirit of supporting small artists. These pieces come from companies who improve the quality of life of small villages, creating a means of support, and in many cases enabling schools and housing to be built for the residents by selling the goods they make. Caring for each other, seeing each person as a treasure: definitely Irish, very much The Celtic Ranch.  She has also found some companies making quality scarves and t-shirts, which complement Irish sweaters beautifully, and several jewelry businesses, one of which is producing some of our own designs. Las Vegas: Yowza! One of the largest markets in the country takes place in Las Vegas, and it is HUGE (think several football fields). This has been a resource for some of the more whimsical gift lines, many of which are in our forest. Little notebooks, fairy statues, gnomes, and of course more clothing to complement the Irish sweaters. US small artisans: Terry has found several small artisans who create the pieces you see in the store; our nail crosses, hearts, nativities are designed by well known artist Travis Burford, who has passed away, but whose legacy lives on. Terry also sources smaller businesses to purchase the wooden signs, and the horseshoe pieces. So, where do we get these treasures? EVERYWHERE! Terry is a busy traveller and cherry picks the best from all over just for YOU.