Sunday, January 30, 2011

Claddagh Ring Meaning

Claddagh Ring Meaning



It is difficult to separate fact from fiction in the history of the Claddagh ring. What we do know by scholarly studies is the name of the Claddagh ring comes from a fishing village in Ireland called Claddagh. Claddagh is a beach area in the western part of Galway, Ireland.



It was in Claddagh that the first Claddagh ring was said to have been made. The Claddagh ring was first made sometime in the 17th century during the reign of Queen Mary II or the reign of King William III.

The symbol of the Claddagh is a pair of hands holding a heart adorned with a crown.



In earlier times, probably about the time Claddagh rings were first made the design was a symbol of the “Fishing Kings of Claddagh”, the meaning was “in love and friendship let us reign”.

 

Some of the earliest Claddagh rings to been traced back bear the mark and initials of Richard Joyce.



The story of how Richard Joyce created the Claddagh symbol is as much legend as it is history. The story goes that Richard Joyce who lived in Claddagh Ireland, which was a small fishing village left Claddagh which is where the river Corrib meets Galway bay, on a ship bound to the plantations of the West Indies. That week he was supposed to be married.

The ship Joyce was traveling on was captured by Mediterranean Algerian pirates and the crew were sold as slaves. Joyce was sold to a Moorish goldsmith who trained him in his craft. Richard Joyce became a master in the goldsmith trade. While doing so he crafted a ring for the women he was supposed to marry. He could not forget her. She was the inspiration to the design of the Claddagh Ring.

In 1689 Joyce was released by pressure from King William III. The story goes that the Moorish Goldsmith offered Richard half of his wealth and his only daughters hand in marriage if he would stay. Joyce refused and went back home to Claddagh, Ireland. Claddagh ring in hand.



Richard returned home and found his fiancé had never married. Richard gave her the ring and they were married. He set up a goldsmith shop in his home town of Claddagh, Ireland.

The Claddagh symbol as mentioned is a pair of hands holding a heart with a crown on top of the heart. These elements had all been used in jewelry before but the Claddagh is the first known use of all three together. The hands represent friendship. The heart is symbolic of love and the crown means loyalty.

The Claddagh ring was predominately a local ring in the Irish regions until the late 1800's. Some suggest the great potato famine of 1847-1849 where 1000's of Irish people made a vast exodus, mostly to America and other Western locales.

These determined Irish folk kept the Claddagh ring symbolism going and tradition was that the mother past it down to the first married daughter when she was married. This made the Claddagh ring a heirloom that was worn with great pride.


The Claddagh ring is the most popular Irish wedding ring and Irish engagement ring. Irish rings has two major elements. The type of jewelry that depicts Irish culture and the type that reflects Ireland’s Celtic heritage. It is not uncommon to blend Irish elements and Celtic elements together. Even with the Claddagh symbol which has gone past a ring symbol to its own jewelry genre, Celtic elements can be found.

The deep meaning of the Irish Claddagh ring makes it a perfect choice for all gift giving occasions like Christmas, Valentines Day, Mothers Day and Birthdays. The Classic sterling silver Claddagh ring makes a perfect Irish Celtic wedding rings, Irish Celtic engagement ring, Friendship ring or Promise ring.

However, men wear the Celtic Claddagh ring almost as much as the women do. The styles and designs tend to be slightly bigger and heavier for men but those who are proud of their Irish heritage wear Irish Claddagh rings.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sterling Silver Cross Pendants

Sterling Silver Cross Pendants

Sterling silver cross pendants are the foundation of cross jewelry and cross necklaces. One of the largest collection of sterling silver cross pendants in America is HandCraftedCollectibles.com. From these cross pendants you can customize a sterling silver cross necklace as unique, exciting and faithful as you are.



HandCraftedCollectibles.com not only carries traditional sterling silver cross pendants but they also carry Celtic cross pendants and other regional and cultural based cross pendants and designs.



With all these sterling silver cross pendants they all have one thing in common. The traditional four lines intersecting either in latin or greek style. A latin style cross pendant is the most common of the traditional cross pendants. The vertical line is longer than the horizontal line.



The greek style cross pendants are the type of sterling silver cross pendant where the horizontal and the vertical lines are even in length.



The sterling silver cross pendant is the symbol of Christianity. It represents the crucifixtion of Jesus Christ and the empty cross which is bar far the most popular cross symbol in Christianity is the resurrection of Christ because the cross is empty.



All other types of cross pendants, whether they be Celtic cross pendants or Fluer de lis cross pendants they are just adding more to the symbolism of the cross pendant. The Irish cross pendant adds some Irish symbolism to the sterling silver cross pendant like the Celtic crosses add Celtic symbolsim to the cross pendant like Celtic trinity knotwork and other Celtic style knot work.

Ulbster Celtic Cross Pendant

Friday, January 28, 2011

Specialty Cross Necklaces

Specialty Cross Necklaces.

Specialty cross necklaces are a big part of the worlds largest sterling silver cross necklace collection at HandCraftedCollectibles.com. They have traditional cross necklaces and specialty cross necklaces all made from sterling silver.

You can find pretty much any type of sterling silver cross necklace you want from this vast collection of silver cross necklaces.



This blog is going to highlight two types of specialty cross necklaces. The first one is Christian cross fish necklaces.

The Cross fish necklace is a combination of the two greatest icons in Christian history. First the Christian fish and then the cross. Put them together and you have Christian cross fish necklaces.


This Italian Cross Necklace is not made in italy but has an italian design about it, which is why it is called and Italian cross necklace.

Sterling Silver Celtic Knot Jewelry

Sterling Silver Celtic Knot Jewelry

Sterling silver Celtic knot jewelry is primarily made up of Celtic knot styles. But there are a few exceptions like cultural Irish Jewelry and Claddagh jewelry. Although with the Claddagh symbol sometimes some Celtic trinity knot styles are added.



This blog will review a few Celtic knot necklaces that fall under the Celtic knot jewelry genre of Celtic Jewelry.



The Celtic Knot Necklace is one of the two most common types of Celtic necklaces. The other popular types of Celtic necklace is the Celtic Cross Necklace.



Celtic Knot Necklaces

But this blog will focus on the Celtic knot necklace with samples of how diversified the Celtic necklace collection is that HandCraftedCollectibles.com sells.



The Celtic necklace can range from a Celtic knot necklace to a Celtic Trinity knot necklace to a Celtic cross necklace to Irish necklaces. But the Celtic necklace is like we said among the two most popular Celtic necklaces and that is what these pictures in this blog represent.



Many different Celtic pendants are represented on the Celtic necklace.

Sterling silver Celtic necklaces are a great way to show of your interest in Irish Celtic Jewelry and their are hundreds of these silver Celtic necklaces to use in building up your collection of Celtic jewelry.



There have been rumors of at least a hundred more Celtic necklaces will be added to there collection within the next seven days.



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sterling Silver Cross Necklaces

Sterling Silver Cross Necklaces

Sterling silver cross necklaces are the backbone of silver religious jewelry. Sterling silver Religious jewelry by definition is jewelry religious in nature. But in America, the vast majority if silver religious jewelry is actually sterling silver Christian jewelry or cross jewelry.



Sterling silver Jewelry religious in nature is what Christians use to celebrate their love and faith in Christianity. More particularly with cross necklaces.





Sterling silver cross necklaces are wildly popular for men and women. Cross necklaces are wildly popular for denominational Christians and non denominational Christians. HandCraftedCollectibles.com provides the single largest collection of sterling silver religious jewelry. This includes the cross necklace.




HandCraftedCollectibles.com only sells sterling silver jewelry. 85%-90% of their sterling silver jewelry for sale is Christian jewelry in nature. The sterling silver Christian jewelry for sale includes non cross necklaces as well as the ever popular Cross necklace.



HandCraftedCollectibles.com sells all kinds of Christian jewelry from the sterling silver cross pendant to silver Christian necklaces.



So whether you want a sterling silver cross necklace or a silver Christian necklace, HandCraftedCollectibles.com has you covered.




Add to all these wonderful types of sterling silver Religious jewelry free shipping and handling on any size purchase. Buy a sterling silver cross pendant or a dozen cross necklaces, the shipping and handling is free to anywhere in America. They do not ship outside of America.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sterling Silver Christian Jewelry

STERLING SILVER CHRISTIAN JEWELRY

Sterling silver Christian jewelry consists of more than just crosses. Christian jewelry covers Christian necklaces, Christian rings, Christian earrings and so forth.

Christian jewelry also has a genre called Christian jewelry for men. Christian jewelry for men is the same as traditional Christian jewelry except for design emphasis for men. More and more Christian men are wearing Christian jewelry for men to show their alliance with Christianity.


There are Christian cross necklaces for men and other types of religious jewelry men wear, usually out of crosses.


HandCraftedCollectibles.com, America's foremost leader in sterling silver Christian jewelry for men has many huge collections of christian jewelry ofr men in other categories like cross necklaces for men, the Christian mens cross necklace, Christian cross rings and Cross jewelry for men.

That's not to say they don't have plenty of Christian Jewelry For Women derived  from a massive collection of crosses. While Christian cross rings can be worn by both men and women there is also a great collection of cross dangle earrings and countless cross necklaces for women.

But since this blog is focused on sterling silver Christian jewelry for men let us get back to the finest and largest collection of sterling silver cross necklaces for men as that is the single largest collection under sterling silver Christian jewelry for men.

Cross necklaces for men has a huge selection of mens cross necklaces spread out over many genres of cross necklaces. For example, in the Celtic cross necklace collection and the Fleur de lis cross necklace collection you will find mens cross necklaces. In the Cross pendant necklaces and
Filigree cross necklaces you will likewise find cross necklaces for men.



The collection of mens cross necklaces is so big just from the mens cross necklace genre that handCraftedCollectibles.com has at least two web pages devoted to cross necklaces for men. But keep in mind that those other genres of cross necklaces also has men's cross necklaces.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sterling Silver Cross Necklaces

Sterling Silver Cross Necklaces

HandCraftedCollectibles.com, the worlds largest retail supplier of sterling silver cross necklaces maintains the classic cross necklaces and the trendy and popular cross necklaces. Ocassionly they get rid of a few cross necklaces that don't sell well and add new crosses they think have a shot of being popular.



Over the last month the collection of sterling silver necklaces at handCraftedCollectibles.com has undergone a large change in reshaping their world famous collection of sterling silver necklaces.



They have added only three new cross necklaces while getting rid of about 6-8 cross necklaces. The pictures in this cross necklace blog are the three new cross necklaces they have added.



The cross necklace is Christianities most favored icon and is used in many different types of Cross jewelry like cross rings, cross earrings, cross pendants etc. But the cross necklace is by far the most popular of the various types of cross jewelry.

Religious Jewelry

Sterling Silver Religious Jewelry

Sterling silver Religious jewelry is a great way to wear inspirational icons. Sterling silver Religious jewelry is both affordable and the most reflective jewelry of all precious metals.



Sterling silver Religious jewelry is a neutral color that can be worn anytime, anywhere including, of course, Church. Religious jewelry is a great way to wear a constant visual reminder of your Christian views.



Silver Christian  Jewelry is the best way to celebrate Christianity and your faith. HandCraftedCollectibles.com has the worlds largest selection of sterling silver Christian or Religious jewelry. That includes cross necklaces.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sterling Silver Celtic Jewelry Pendants

Sterling Silver Celtic Jewelry Pendants



Sterling silver Celtic knot pendants are one the the best ways to celebrate your love of all things Irish or Celtic. Buy a Celtic knot pendant and get a silver necklace chain or whatever type of necklace material you want and now you have a unique and customized celtic necklace.


The silver Celtic pendant is one of the most popular types of Sterling silver Celtic knot jewelry. Sterling silver Celtic knot jewelry has many popular types of Celtic jewelry like the Celtic ring and Celtic earrings but the Celtic pendant is right up their in popularity due to its versatility.



The pictures in this blog reflect several of the new Celtic pendants added to the huge collection of sterling silver Celtic pendants at HandCraftedCollectibles.com.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sterling Silver Christian Jewelry For Men

Sterling Silver Christian Jewelry For Men

Sterling silver Christian or Religious jewelry is the ideal way to wear your faith as a constant visual reminder of the Christian values and the code of conduct becoming a Christian man.

Religious jewelry has a very popular genre of cross necklaces for men. This collection of sterling silver cross necklaces is a perfect combination for combining mens taste in mens cross necklaces and the sterling silver cross necklaces for sale at HandCraftedCollectibles.com


Cross necklaces for men is a huge collection that you can simply find by searching for "Mens Cross Necklace" or "cross necklaces for men" and you will find in the top of the search engine results in Google under HandCraftedCollectibles.com.


HandCraftedCollectibles.com has the biggest collection of sterling silver cross necklaces for sale in America than any other retail location online of offline.


In their cross necklace collection they have the Fleur de lis cross necklace, the Mens cross necklace, the silver Celtic cross necklace, Filigree cross necklace, cross necklaces for men, mens cross necklace, and unique word cross necklaces to name only a few.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sterling Silver Celtic Jewelry

STERLING SILVER CELTIC JEWELRY

The focus of this sterling silver Celtic jewerly blog is some new sterling silver Celtic necklaces introduced by HandCraftedCollectibles.com.

Of all the types of silver Celtic jewelry, sterling silver Celtic jewelry is the most popular. Of all the types and styles of Celtic jewelry sterling silver Celtic rings are the most popular with Celtic knot necklaces in a close second place.



The Celtic necklace can range from a Celtic cross necklace to a Celtic knot necklace to an Irish necklace.





With Celtic jewelry there is a lot of cross over. Celtic jewelry crossing over to Christian jewelry with Celtic crosses and Trinity knot jewelry. Silver Celtic jewelry crosses over to Irish jewelry due to shared heritage, history and proximity.



The pictures shown in this Celtic jewelry blog are all made from sterling silver. HandCraftedCollectibles.com is one of the largest sterling silver Celtic jewelry online retails. All their jewelry is sterling silver.



Many or most of these pictures show come new Celtic necklaces they have brought on board with more to follow.



Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cross Necklaces

Sterling Silver Cross Necklaces

It is widely known that HandCraftedCollectibles.com has the biggest collection of sterling silver Cross necklaces and Religious jewelry of anywhere in America in a retail outlet.

Since HandCraftedCollectibles.com is only a web site and does not have any physical stores they have low overhead. They pass that savings on to the customer. There fine sterling silver necklaces are priced to sell. They are very affordable.

The sterling silver Cross necklace genre they sell is not only very affordable but very detailed  in  design and very good quality sterling silver.



While they have a huge selection of Religious jewelry which includes the cross necklace, they also have many other great genres of Religious jewelry mainly dealing with Christian jewelry.

The Cross necklace has been widely worn among Christians for centuries and as a result there are many different cultural influences and artistic evolutions in the design and styling of the cross necklace. HandCraftedCollectibles has it all.

From the Celtic and Irish Cross necklace which is very cultural to the Filigree cross necklace which is very artistic to the Fleur de Lis cross necklace and the Crusaders cross necklace which is both cultural and heraldic to the contemporary cross necklace, HandCraftedCollectibles.com has it all.



The cross necklace collection they provide is as unique and exciting as you are and whether you're looking for the best sterling silver Cross necklace for your self or as a special gift for someone else, HandCraftedCollectibles.com is a one stop shopping destination not only for cross necklaces but for sterling silver Religious jewelry as well.