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Getting Lucky for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s time to don some green, lucky vibes, and a smile. You don’t always have to wear green for St. Patrick’s day, green is so last season. And a little pinch never hurt anyone.

St. Patrick or the Feast of Saint Patrick’s day is celebrated on March 17th, the day of St. Patrick’s death. It is an observed holiday, was originally a feast day but gradually became a celebration of Irish culture. St. Patrick’s day is a national holiday in Northern Ireland, where it is celebrated as a holy feast day, parade, and maybe going to catholic mass.

Dress up the month of March with some four leaf clovers, Celtic knots, and other Irish symbolism for a little extra luck.

Lucky Fashion

Celtic – Trinity Knot & Shamrocks Oh My!

Celtic jewelry is one of the most popular types of jewelry due to its subtle beauty and great, deep meaning. It’s as lovely and meaningful as a field of daisies on a spring, dewy morning. The icing on the cake is that you definitely do not have to be of Irish descent to don one of these significant pieces of jewelry.

Celtic Cross – Found all throughout Ireland, England, Scotland, and bordering Celtic islands, the Celtic cross is a kind of ornate cross that dates to the periods of the Druids and St. Patrick. The cross itself can come in an array of designs and symbols.

Celtic SpiralsCeltic Spirals – The triple celtic spiral is also known as the triskele, is symbolic of the “Three realms”, land, sea and sky. It is also thought to be symbolic of human pregnancy, each period broken up into three trimesters so it also makes sense it’s symbolic of fertility as well. It’d be a most excellent gift for a recently pregnant woman.

Shamrock – Good luck, that’s what most people think when they hear about a shamrock. However, it’s said that St. Patrick picked up a three-leaf clover to demonstrate the holy trinity while he was preaching. The Shamrock possibly wards off bad spirits.

Celtic Knots – The knots, in essence, are never ending. It stands for “no beginning, no ending” and a binding together of two souls or spirits. Many of these knots have been so popular that Christianity has often adopted it into their manuscripts and artifacts. Knots with a square shape are characterized by shields, symbols of protections.

Trinity KnotTrinity knot, a kind of Celtic Knot– A simple, Celtic symbol is the trinity knot. Like the shamrock, the three sided knot was metaphoric for the trinity, father son and holy spirit. It’s also associated with the number three such as the stages of womanhood: maid, mother, crone or elements like earth, fire, and water. The trinity knot has existed long before the Celtic cross.

Tree of life – This symbol is easy to explain, as it’s a common symbol in many cultures. At one point in time, Britain was covered by a lush, mighty forest. With roots that were deep within the earth, and branches that were often interlocked, the tree of life has become a meaningful representation of life, heaven and earth.

Celtic Symbolism

Celtic Pendants are gifts that are well thought out, meaningful, as well as beautiful; a gift that will never fail to please. Celtic pendants are gorgeous and symbolic, think Claddagh ring, knots, ropes. They’re a great gift for a significant other, for yourself, or a friend.

Claddagh: You can read more in depth about the Claddagh shape and how to wear it properly here, but very briefly the Claddagh pendant pertains to relationship status. When worn a certain way, it can mean single, friendship, in a relationship, engaged, and married.

Triqueta: This can mean a variety of things, but the basic motif is the symbol of three. Whether it is the father, son, and the Holy Spirit or the three stages of womanhood, the triqueta would make a meaningful Celtic pendant.

Celtic Key: While the symbols involved in the key are elements of other Celtic centralized images, the key itself is always meaningful and many women enjoy wearing keys due to varied amount of meanings that come with them. A key to a new door, a key to your heart, a key to the truth, the possibilities go on and on.

Celtic Cross: Most Celtic jewelry has some sort of ‘three’ symbolism. It makes sense that there would be a Celtic cross, following that line of reasoning. The cross is rooted in superstition, belief, faith, and also as an emblem of a person’s identity.

Celtic Rings – Some Irish Luck

Celtic Jewelry Set

Dress to impress, light up a room, look like you walked off the movie screen, all these things apply when you accessorize with Celtic rings! They are so fashionable, extremely versatile to any event, and everyone will need to know where you bought them! There are endless circles, Triqueta, shamrocks, Celtic flowers, Celtic spirals, and more designs! Celtic rings come in many different metals, from sterling to yellow gold. They’re easy to wear with a complicated or simple getup. Here’s a little Polyvore to help you envision unique ways to wear your Celtic rings!

For The Love of Christian Jewelry

The Christian faith has been around for ages, Christian jewelry just as ancient as the faith itself. Jewelry of Christian themes tends to reflect the humility of the religion in stunning, unmatched designs. They have always been worn by high priests during special rituals and sometimes with inscriptions. Christians, historically, have been prosecuted for their faith by a number of different groups of people. It’s faith, determination, and dedication that has kept Christianity going strong and proud into the modern day world. Here is a list of the most prominent types of jewelry worn by high authorities as well as Christians worldwide.

Ichthus Fish (ΙΧΘΥC) Jewelry
The fish is one of the most well known symbols of Christianity. The first four disciples of Jesus were originally fishermen. Jesus said he would make a new ‘kind of fisherman’ out of the four, where their sole purpose was to spread the word of god to men and women they ‘caught’.  ΙΧΘΥC, the Greek for the world Ichthys (or Ichthus) means “Jesus Christ, God’s son, savior”, (Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ”, Iēsous Khristos Theou Huios, Sōtēr), their code for their belief in Jesus and their way of avoiding prosecution.
fish meaning

Types of Ichthus Fish Jewelry

Plain Ichthus Fish                  Jesus & Ichthus Fish              Cross & Ichthus Fish

Cross Jewelry
Most devout Christians have some kind of cross jewelry in their jewelry collection, which is why it makes a most excellent symbolic, meaningful gift. Regardless, cross jewelry is just as heavy in Christian symbolism as the Christian fish. The Christian cross is the representation of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It sometimes contains a three-dimensional representation of Jesus’ body. The cross is marked by two lines crossing at angles, like in the shape of the letter ‘t’. It’s a piece of Christian art that is both aesthetically appealing and widely worn.

Types of Cross Jewelry
Religious Crucifix PendantHoly Crucifix Pendant
Crucifix Crosses

Celtic EarringsCeltic Cross
Celtic Crosses

Fleur De Lis CrossFleur De Lis Cross
Fleur De Lis Crosses

Navy Cross JewelryAnchor Cross
Ornate Crosses

Orthodox and citrine crossOrthodox Cross pendantOrthodox Cross Diamond Earrings
Orthodox Crosses

Western CrossWestern Cross Diamond Earrings
Latin / Western Crosses

Angel Jewelry
Angel, comes from the Greek word aggelos (ἄγγελος) which means “messenger” so jewelry having to do with angels typically conveys an important message of faith. Typically, angels encompass the range of spirits that God has created in both good and evil aspects such as seraphim, cherubim, and the arch angel.

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Praying Angels

Guardian Angel PendantGuardian Angel Pendant
Guardian Angels

Thinking Angel PendantPondering Angel Pendant
Thinking / Pondering Angels

Prayer Pendant Jewelry
Though lockets themselves are not uncommon nor a new trend, prayer pendants are a relatively new phenomenon. They are also called ‘wish boxes’ or ‘hope pendants’. Their sole purpose is to be worn over the heart with a special wish, hope, or prayer hidden away on a small piece of paper. Sometimes, the wearers will seal the prayer pendant closed especially if they choose a message they want to be applied to the entirety of their life.

Ichthus Fish Prayer PendantCross Prayer PendantPrayer PendantPrayer PendantFlower Prayer PendantCross Prayer PendantVariations of Prayer Pendants

Saint Jewelry
Besides being there to watch over you and keep you safe, saints are also representative of those young Christians who have chosen their saint and have finally been confirmed. Therefore, it’s the kind of gift that has a plethora of meanings. From Saint John Paul to the Virgin Mary, there are so many saints to choose from and each having their own special message.

St. Helen necklaceSt. Helen Pendant
St. Helen: Saint Helen of the city of Colchester, England was the birthplace of this saint. She made a famous pilgrimage to Jerusalem with the strong desire of discovering the crucifix cross that Jesus suffered to carry. She is the patron of archaeologists.

St. Michael PendantSt. Michael PendantAir Force St. Michael Pendant

St. Michael: The archangel, “who is like God” is the interpreted symbol of humility before God. In the New Testament Saint Michael leads the army of God against Satan’s in the Book of Revelation.

Celtic Jewelry Design

The Celts- barbarians or master jewelers? Well, both. They were feared by their enemies because of the violence thega_celticbracelety let loose on the battlefield culminating in the beheading of their conquests. By the Bronze Age, the world was more civilized and the Celts were busy learning and developing their metal-working skills. With this, came the well-known designs known as Celtic jewelry.

Celtic silver jewelry is probably the most common, but designs are also crafted in gold. No matter the metal, each design begins with the swirls, spirals and flowing lines that have come to define Irish Celtic jewelry. Their pagan belief that everything on earth was connected was the inspiration for these designs. Using these flowing lines, they create intricate designs, knots and even animals are incorporated into jewelry design.

To clean sterling silver Celtic jewelry, use silver cleaner. For gold, simply soak in warm soapy water or jewelry cleaner. Be careful if there is antiquing as it may come off if soaked too long or scrubbed to hard.

Celtic jewelry makes for a unique gift. Pendants, earrings, rings, bracelets, tie pins and cuff links can all be found in these intricate lovely patterns so women and men can enjoy a bit of Ireland. The wonderful thing is that these pieces go with everything- casual or formal, gold or silver. Wearing Celtic jewelry is like wearing a piece of art.