Celebrate The Luck Of the Irish With St. Patrick’s Day Jewelry
Green and gold are a must, along with Irish icons and lucky charms!
St. Patrick’s Day - The One Day We’re ALL A Little Irish!
Whether you’ve got a little bit (or a lot!) of Irish in your blood or just enjoy celebrating the day with your friends, you can add color, meaning and a little good luck with a piece of St, Patrick’s Day-themed or Irish-inspired jewelry.
Shamrocks, Claddaghs, and Celtic Knots
Traditionally carried for good luck, shamrocks – or clovers – are most closely associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Legend says St. Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the holy trinity – and it was easy to find since clover grows wild all over Ireland. Treat your favorite leprechaun to her own lucky shamrock ring, pendant or earrings. And lucky for you, there’s a good selection of shamrocks at Zales!
The Claddagh ring is another traditional Irish design. The style originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh – hence the name – located just outside the city of Galway.
The Claddagh symbolizes three things: the hands represent friendship, the heart love and the crown loyalty. According to Irish author Colin Murphy, a Claddagh ring was worn with to convey the wearer’s relationship status (this was way before Facebook!):
- A Claddagh on the right hand with heart toward fingers means the wearer is single and looking for a relationship.
- Worn on the right hand, with the bottom of the heart pointing toward the wrist means the wearer is in a relationship.
- A Claddagh worn on the left hand, with the heart pointing to the fingers means the wearer is engaged,
- Worn on the left hand, with the heart pointed toward the wrist means the wearer is married.
Find a Claddagh style that speaks to you – or to the one you love – from our selection.
Beautiful in all their many forms, Celtic knots and crosses are a thoughtful choice.
These designs date back to the 3rd or 4th century B.C. and were used to declare faith and express love and unity between couples and even clans.
The Celtic knot is a never-ending design – it has no beginning and no end. This design is a breathtaking interpretation of the circle of life.
Green and Gold
The significance of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is two-fold. First, green is associated with the lush green landscape of Ireland. Secondly, and more important to revelers, wearing green was thought to make one invisible to leprechauns – those mythical little men who would sneak up and pinch green-wearing abstainers.
Green gemstones, including emerald, quartz and peridot, are great choices for St. Patrick’s Day. Shop our selection of green gemstone jewelry today.
Legend has it that at the end of every rainbow, a leprechaun has hidden his pot full of gold. Because of this, gold is considered to be lucky.
Yellow gold is a lucky choice to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. And lucky for you, Zales has yellow gold earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more for you to choose from! View yellow gold jewelry now.
The Luckiest Charms
Lucky charms aren’t just a St. Patrick’s Day thing. Cultures all over the world have described talisman they believe brings good luck to the wearer or the holder.
- Elephants – the trunk should always be turned up to shower good fortune on all who see it.
- Wishbones – a chicken (or other fowl) wishbone should be snapped apart by two people. The person holding the longer is thought to have been granted good luck.
- Four-leaf clover – a clover usually has only three leaves. To discover a four-leaf clover is said to bring the finder fame, wealth, love and health.
- Horseshoe – a horseshow with the open end turned upward is said to bring good luck to the home or wearer. A downturned horseshoe is thought to disperse luck.
- Star – the first star seen in any night sky is thought to be one’s “wishing star.” Seeing the star is supposed to bring the finder his or her heart’s desire.
- Evil eye – thought to bring “luck” by seeing and warding off any evil coming the wearer’s way.
- Hamsa – this talisman is believe to protect the wearer from harm and enhance goodness, abundance, luck and health.