15 March 2018

St Patrick's Day: A Celebration of the Symbols of Ireland at Grays

 St Patrick's Day, which falls on 17 March each year, is the annual celebration of Ireland's patron saint and the date which marks his death. St Patrick travelled to Ireland in the fifth century to convert the largely pagan country to Christianity. It is said that the use of the shamrock as the country's symbol is largely thanks to him, since he is purported to have used the three-leaved clover to describe the Holy Trinity to non-believers.

Here in London, each year a whole schedule of festivities is planned and runs for the entire weekend: over 125,000 people are expected for this year's festival, which starts Friday 16 and runs until Sunday 18 March.

At Grays, we've put together an Irish - and Irish inspired - jewellery edit. Could one of these beauties be your lucky charm?:
Early 20th century box made from Irish bog oak & carved with shamrocks and a depiction of Blarney Castle. Available from Alison Massey
Claddagh ring made in Dublin 1928. The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty, and friendship. Available from The Antique Jewellery Company

1960s Silver Shamrock Heart Locket Pendant. Available from Tings Jewellery Box

Silver Harp Brooch: National Emblem of Ireland, and Guinness! 1960s. Available from Tings Jewellery Box

1950s Vintage Costume Brooch. Available from Tings Jewellery Box

Shamrock Brooch, Sapphire and Diamonds. Available from Miwa Fine Jewellery

Silver Blarney Stone Ring, Irish Shamrock Design. Inscription: Genuine stone from grounds of Blarney Castle, Ireland. Available from Arabella Bianco

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