Monthly Archives: April 2009

Yellow Or White Gold Emerald Claddagh Rings

This stunning ladies Claddagh ring with its heart-shaped emerald is just an amazing example of Claddagh ring design. The beautifully intense emerald is cut in the same shape as the heart itself. The Claddagh ring setting itself is fabulous too with intricate curves and angles to catch the light.

This ring is available in your choice of white or yellow gold and in 10K, 14K, or 18K grades. My personal favorite has always been white gold emerald Claddagh rings.

The Claddagh ring with two hands holding a heart has always been a symbol of friendship, love, and loyalty. You may also want to check out our article on how to wear the Claddagh ring.

Claddagh Wedding Candles

On your Irish wedding day, few things are as touching as the Unity candle ceremony.  And what better candles to use than these Claddagh wedding candles imported straight from Ireland?

Each candle in this set features the Irish Claddagh as well as decorative Celtic knotowrk.  The smaller tapers feature the words Love, Loyalty, and Friendship while the larger candle is etched with:

Our Wedding Day
the Heart for Love
the Crown for Loyalty
the Hands for Friendship

Made from high-quality, unscented materials in Ireland.

Gra Dilseacht Cairdeas Wedding Bands

These Irish wedding bands are definitely some of the most beautiful available today.  Each of the Gra Dilseacht Cairdeas Wedding Bands is inscribed with the Irish words for the meaning of the Claddagh: Gra (love), Dilseacht (loyalty), and Cairdeas (friendship).

Additionally, the Claddagh is used to separate each word from the next.  A truly beautiful representation of your love for each other.  The Gra Dilseacht Cairdeas range is available in Sterling Silver, 10K, 14K, and 18K white or yellow gold.  There are also two-tone gold versions that are wider than normal with the addition of gold trims on each side of the ring.

As with all genuine Irish jewelry, these rings are hallmarked at the Assay Office in Dublin Castle.  They arrive boxed for that perfect presentation.

Wedding Flutes From Ireland

These stunning wedding flutes from Ireland are the perfect way to toast your Irish wedding day! Each flute is features a beautiful cut pattern in the crystal, and is etched with the Irish Claddagh.

Made in Ireland by Galway Irish Crystal, these glasses stand 10″ tall. Packaged in a wonderful lined presentation box – sure to keep your treasured glasses safe and secure for many years to come. Also perfect for gift-giving on an anniversary or as an Irish wedding gift.

Large Gold St. Bridget’s Cross

As St. Bridget tended to a dying Irish chieftain (legend says possibly her father), she began to fashion a simple cross from the river rushes (a thatch that grows along river backs) that lined the floor.

The chieftain noticed the cross and asked what it meant. St. Bridget explained the significance and meaning of the cross, and the chieftain wanted to join the Church. He was baptized by St. Patrick, a close friend of St. Bridget, just before his death.

St. Bridget’s Cross has remained a traditional Irish symbol ever since. Today you can wear this cross in the form of this beautifully-detailed Large Gold St. Bridget’s Cross. Available in 10, 14K, and 18K yellow or white gold.

Irish Pewter Door Knocker

I have to admit, I simply love this door knocker! What better way to show your Irish pride to your visitors than with a Irish pewter door knocker?

This particular door knocker features the Irish Claddagh as its main focus. As you probably know, the Claddagh symbol represents love, loyalty and friendship. Its an old Irish symbol, that traces its roots back hundreds of years to Richard Joyce – credited with designing and making the first Claddagh ring.

This door knocker is handcrafted in Ireland by Mullingar Pewter. Their craftsmen are trained in the old methods of pewter casting and finishing. Their detailing is absolutely superb. Oh, and don’t worry about the mounting hardware – its all included. The perfect Irish gift!

Celtic Tiaras For Your Wedding

Dear Mark,

I know that the economy is in the dumps right now, but our wedding is coming up in late June. With this in mind, what can you recommend for a Celtic tiara that’s not going to break my budget?

Amy in NH

There certainly are a variety of Celtic tiaras available. Although I have seen some knock-offs from China around the internet, most genuine tiaras from Ireland are over $100. Since you are stressing your budget, I am going to guess that you’d prefer something less expensive.

This lustrous Celtic tiara is a great way to go. It is imported from Ireland, and is rhodium plated for a truly brilliant shine. The beautiful design on the front consists of both Trinity knots, and the Claddagh. Brilliant Austrian crystals abound in the setting. The design is 2.5” wide and 1.25” high.
I should note that not only is this Celtic tiara perfect for any Celtic or Irish-themed wedding, but it is also a wonderful accent for a First Communion or prom.

Gold Irish Jewelry

Since ancient times, Irish metal and goldsmiths have created stunning Irish jewelry that is now recognized the world over as truly magnificent works of art. Their skills and attention to detail yielded treasures that never cease to amaze.

The use of filigree in Irish jewelry of that time is generally recognized as the finest that the world has to offer. The Tara brooch is one such example. The sheer number of intricate designs where one metal thread can be traced through the various Celtic knots and weaves is almost incredible. In most cases, the beginning and end of the design cannot be found as the ends are cleverly hidden in the tails or heads of a Celtic serpent, or the like.

The Ardagh Chalice is another beautiful example of the capabilities of Irish goldsmiths and metal workers. It is believed to be the finest piece of 8th century metalwork to ever be discovered. In addition to decorative and functional clothing accessories and religious artifacts, torcs were also a popular specialty to early Celtic goldsmiths. In more recent times, the Claddagh ring has become the most popular example of fine Irish jewelry, and is known the world over.

The materials for Irish jewelry have included copper, bronze, silver, and especially gold. Today, most Celtic jewelry is made from either silver or gold, with gold generally being preferred due to its nonreactive properties with air and everyday chemicals. Gold in Ireland enjoys a long history, as evidenced by the large number of artifacts that have been unearthed both in Ireland and across mainland Europe.

Ireland has a long history of fine jewelry-making, perhaps unrivaled given the limited tools to work with at the time. That fine tradition remains today with some stunningly beautiful pieces of jewelry in our Celtic collection.

Claddagh Ring April Birthstone – Cubic Zirconia (CZ)

The birthstone for April is the cubic zirconia. If you need a special Irish gift of jewelry for an Aries (born between March 21st and April 19th), this April birthstone Claddagh ring fits the bill perfectly!

This beautiful Claddagh ring is both stylish and sophisticated, while still retaining all the traditional elements of the Claddagh ring. Fine detail is the standard of all Irish jewelry, and thing beautiful ring is no exception.

The Claddagh symbol consists of the heart (representing love), the hands (representing friendship), and the crown (representing loyalty). Don’t forget to read our article on how to wear the Claddagh ring.

Like all of our Irish jewelry, this ring is hallmarked at the Assay Office in Dublin Castle, and presented in a beautiful jewelry box for gift-giving.