WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING


March is here and St. Patrick’s Day is in full focus.  In honor of Irish-American heritage month, “My Life in Parties” is featuring gifts inspired by the Emerald Isle that will have you singing “Kiss me, I’m Irish!

First, the Claddagh Ring…

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The design for this ring dates back to 17th century Ireland, with the elements symbolizing love (heart), friendship (hands) and loyalty (crown).  The design and traditions associated with the ring originate in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh — which now makes up part of Gallway City.  The ring can be given as a “friendship ring” or can serve as an engagement/wedding ring.  There is also symbolism in how the ring itself is worn, as wearing the point of the heart outward signifies that the wearer is single and “looking for love,” while wearing the heart pointed inward signifies that the wearer is in a relationship — or that the heart has been “captured.”

Claddagh rings are often passed down within families.  Here are several of mine (from left to right), including: a lapel pin that belonged to a much beloved late aunt, a ring gifted to me by my paternal grandmother and a ring that my maternal grandmother wore as her wedding ring.

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The ring in the center of the photograph above and featured in the photograph below was given to me by my grandmother on my First Communion.  She bought it on one of her many visits to Ireland, and I intend to pass it along to my daughter when she celebrates her First Communion.  I love the delicate gold braid and enjoyed learning about the significance of the ring as a little girl.

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If you are in the market for a Claddagh ring but don’t have plans to be in Ireland anytime soon, you can find a wide selection online.  Or, you may consider using St. Patty’s Day as an occasion to give a special someone a talisman such as a four leaf clover charm

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…or a lucky horseshoe.  I am working on a charm bracelet for my daughter and use holidays (major and minor!) as an opportunity to add another special memento to her bracelet.

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St. Patrick’s Day or any day is the perfect time for an elegant four leaf clover handkerchief

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…or for a fun paperweight for the desk.

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A snazzy shamrock gift enclosure would be just the thing to accompany any of these gifts!

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…especially tickets to the romantic Broadway musical, “Once,” which features toe tapping Irish folk music.

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You can “go green” by contemplating fun ways to incorporate the vibrant verdant shade into your home.  Here, Aerin Lauder’s son’s room — which is at once preppy and funky thanks to Quadrille’s high impact “leaf Zig Zag.”

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A home office is made memorable by an unexpected pop of lime green:

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And a bold green wallcovering makes a true entrance statement.
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Gorgeous green table top from D. Porthault is always an option…

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…as is this fun “Irish Ikat” from C. Wonder:

Ikat_C_wonder  Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on spring break with Lilly:

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Or carry a go-to green clutch — which makes a fun and exciting accessory year round:

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To top off your look, if you can’t get your hands on Angie’s emerald stunners…

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These gorgeous green gemstones courtesy of Irene Neuwirth will do in a pinch.

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Closing out with a little Irish wit and wisdom seems particularly fitting here.

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Erin Go Bragh!

xoxo,

Cath

 

 



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IT DON’T MEAN A THING IF YOU AIN’T GOT THAT CLING
LUCK BE A LADY TONIGHT