Attune your life to the vibrational essences of healing and inspiration in this sterling silver harp hook earrings. With a history of a thousand years, the Celtic harp has been intricately tied to the Celtic culture in myriad ways. It’s a cultural icon that has touch the lives of Celts in deep levels and areas. The Celtic Harp is a reminder of the first gifted performers of the Emerald Isle, who would travel far and wide as harpers and sometimes entertain at royal courts.
Today, the harp is the national emblem of the Republic of Ireland. It stands for the Irish national identity and independence. The distinctive, layered sound of this instrument seems to pluck at the heartstrings, evoking all manner of emotions. The symbolism of the harp provokes feelings of warmth and appreciation for the achievements of the Irish people.
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!
1/2" x 1/2" in solid sterling silver
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