Saturday, April 9, 2011

Irish Claddagh Rosary from Laude Arts and Gifts

For those of us who are still Irish...or still wish we were...on the day after St. Patrick's day, ;) here is a beautiful rosary steeped in Irish symbolism.

The most obvious Irish symbol is the Celtic crucifix. Long an Irish symbol of eternal life, the Celtic cross comes down to us from ancient times. Another well known Irish symbol is the Claddagh at the top of the crucifix. The Claddagh ring is another ancient Irish symbol and is commonly used as a wedding band in Ireland. The crown stands for loyalty, the hands for friendship and the heart for love. I can't think of a better symbol of Christ's love for us. Hearts adorn the other arms of the cross. Topping it all off is the center honoring St. Patrick who is the patron saint of Ireland.

The Pater beads represent Celtic knots, another symbol of eternal life. The Avé beads appear black, but they are actually green goldstone beads. Handsome in ordinary light, they come to life and sparkle in sunlight or bright light.

To learn more about this rosary and to see my other handcrafted rosaries and jewelry, please click here to visit my shop, Laude Arts and Gifts

1 comment:

Robert said...

Very Beautiful! Well done!

Robert's Heirloom Rosaries