Sterling Silver Shamrock Pendant from Solvar for children. Wear your Irish heritage with pride with this beautifully 3 D style. Each one is hallmarked in Dublin Castle and is gift boxed. The Silver Shamrock Pendant measures .8 cm x .8 cm and comes with an 16″ sterling silver rolo chain with a spring ring clasp. Presented in a branded gift box.
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The Meaning Behind the Shamrock
The word shamrock comes from the Irish word ‘seamair óg’ or young clover. There is still no agreement as to the precise botanical species of clover which is the ‘true shamrock’. The phrase usually refers to either the species, Trifolium dubium or Trifolium repens. What we colloquially know as the shamrock refers to the sprig and leaves of clover, of which there are 3.
Originally, the shamrock was associated with the Celtic goddess Ana or Anu. The three leaves represented her status as the maiden, mother and crone of Ireland. The Celts placed a special significance on the number 3 and knew it as the perfect number. To this day, some believe that the shamrock can predict an oncoming storm by turning up its leaves.
Saint Patrick & the Shamrock
No actual solid evidence exists that the saint used the humble plant to spread his beliefs. But the Irish have never let the truth get in the way of a good story! There are a number of slightly different tales involving the saint. Different versions tell of him explaining the concept of God to pagans of different classes using the little plant. The first actual link between St. Patrick and the shamrock appears in 1675 on the St Patrick’s Coppers or Halfpennies.
In Modern Day
In the 1700’s, the shamrock took on meaning as an emblem in the political struggle of the Irish people. Lady Limerick started the Shamrock League to raise funds for the families of deceased or injured Irish soldiers. They started selling bunches of shamrocks to Dublin and eventually sent them as far abroad as Switzerland and South Africa.
Many Irish state organisations use the shamrock in their logos, including Tourism Ireland and Aer Lingus. The Irish Government has trademarked the symbol and they successfully defending their claim to the use of the shamrock in the 1980’s. Since 1963 the Taoiseach traditionally offers a bowl of shamrock to the US president as a gift from Ireland. While the shamrock is not the official emblem of Ireland, it is definitely the best known.