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Traditional Clothing and Jewelry in Ireland

 

Connemara Marble and Silver Irish Charm Bracelets, Set of 3
Connemara Marble and Silver Irish Charm Bracelets, Set of 3
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Connemara, in western Ireland, is home to the mottled green marble that's known as the country's national gem. The Walsh family, in Rathfarnham Village, Dublin, have been working with Connemara marble for three generations, and craft these stretchy beaded bracelets by hand. Each is paired with a sterling silver charm that reflects an element of Irish culture: a Celtic cross, a claddagh, and a shamrock.


$59.00
Celtic Warrior Bangle
Celtic Warrior Bangle
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The eighth-century Ardagh Chalice in the National Museum of Ireland is one of the most remarkable pieces of Celtic art. It was found in the 1800s by men who were plowing for potatoes. A repoussé design on the chalice, representing a protective shield, is the inspiration for this sterling silver and 18-karat gold bracelet. Handcrafted in Ireland using the lost-wax casting process.


$229.00
Connemara Twisted Marble Necklace
Connemara Twisted Marble Necklace
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The famous green-white marble of Connemara is found only in the area around Clifden in western Ireland, and the Walsh family has been making fine jewelry from it for three generations. This twisted stone necklace is handmade by experienced artisans at the family's workshop in Rathfarnham Village, Dublin, who select complementary pieces of marble, then shape and polish them.


$65.00
Book of Kells Initial Necklace
Book of Kells Initial Necklace
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The eighth-century Book of Kells is an ornate, hand-copied illuminated manuscript of the gospels—one of the most important pieces of early Celtic art in the world. These sterling silver pendants are inspired by the highly decorative capital letters, called initia, that begin each section of text. Each is cast from sterling silver and finished by hand in a family-run Dublin studio.
Available styles: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
$58.00
Sterling Silver Claddagh Ring
Sterling Silver Claddagh Ring
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The traditional Irish claddagh ring depicts two clasped hands holding a crowned heart, symbols of love, loyalty, and friendship. The design's origins are clouded with mystery, but one of the most popular—and romantic—stories of how it came to be tells of goldsmith Robert Joyce from the village of Claddagh, who was forced into slavery after his ship was captured en route to the West Indies. Joyce's skills supposedly so impressed his master that the man offered him his freedom, his daughter's hand in marriage, and great sums of money if Joyce would stay. Joyce declined all of these temptations and returned to his betrothed in Ireland, where he presented her with this ring.


Available sizes: 6, 7, 8
$59.00
Irish Celtic Knot Druzy Necklace
Irish Celtic Knot Druzy Necklace
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The Celtic knot, or triquetra, that frames this sparkling necklace dates back to the 6th-century, when art from Ireland and the British Isles developed into a style that was unique from the rest of Europe. Illuminated manuscripts like the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Book of Durrow, and the Book of Kells are full of illustrations featuring complex knotwork. In Celtic and Pagan traditions, the triquetra symbolizes earth, sun, and sky, or the stages of a woman’s life: young woman, mother, and grandmother. In Christian tradition, it is a symbol of the holy trinity.


$139.00
Celtic Cross Necklace
Celtic Cross Necklace
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The intricate Celtic cross—often decorated with elaborate trinity knots and scrollwork—may have first been used by St. Patrick as a symbol to convert Druids in Ireland. Combining the Christian cross with monuments that represented more earthly spirituality such as the sun and moon and tree of life would have linked pagan and Christian beliefs and helped the saint deliver his message throughout Ireland. Today many people are drawn to the design more as an expression of Irish or Scottish family ties than as a religious symbol.


$59.00
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