As you live fully your life, feel that the shamrock lines your path along with the sunshine’s light and the happiness of your heart. From the Irish word “seamrog” or a “summer plant,” this 3-leaf clover is Ireland's most recognized national symbol. They believed that everything important came in threes; the three dominions of the planet (the earth, the sky and the sea), the phases of the moon (half-moon, full moon, total eclipse), the three ages of man (birth, life and death), and of course, the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).
The shamrock is a charm against evil and brings in the bearer good luck. Keeping it close to you carries good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.
1 1/4" x 1" on a high quality sterling silver 18" chain - all solid sterling silver.
So how did the shamrock become an emblem of Ireland?
It wasn't until the 17th century that it became the custom to wear the shamrock on the feast of Ireland's patron saint; until then, the Irish wore a special St. Patrick's cross, made just for the occasion. Then, in the late 18th century, the shamrock was adopted as an emblem by the Volunteers of 1777. But it didn't really become widely popular until the 19th century, when the emerging Nationalist movements took the shamrock, along with the harp, as one of their emblems.
Viewed as an act of rebellion in Victorian England, Irish regiments were forbidden to display it. This one single act may have done more to establish the shamrock as Ireland's national emblem than anything else.
Today, the shamrock is firmly established as the most instantly recognizable emblem of Ireland. For good luck, it's usually included in the bouquet of an Irish bride, and also in the boutonniere of the groom. And, it's also an integral part of an old tradition called "drowning the shamrock."
This takes place on St. Patrick's Day, when the shamrock that has been worn in the hat or lapel is removed and put into the last drink of the evening. A toast is proposed and then, when the toast has been honored, the shamrock is taken from the bottom of the glass and thrown over the left shoulder. Sláinte!
This item comes with a sterling silver chain as described. However, if you require a longer or shorter chain size or desire a different chain style, please contact me. Chain sizes are 16", 18", 20", 22" and 24" - all solid sterling silver. Any pendant can also be put onto a 30" black leather cord that can be worn long or doubled up as a choker.
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