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Shamrock

Shamrock

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Before the Christian era the Shamrock was a sacred plant of the Druids of Ireland because its leaves formed a triad. Numbers played an important role in Celtic symbolism. Three was the most sacred and magical number. It multiplies to nine, which is sacred to Brigid. Three signified totality: past, present and future / behind, before and here / sky, earth and underworld. Three is Ireland's magic number. Hence the Shamrock.

The rhythm of story telling in the Irish tradition is based on threefold repetition. This achieves both intensification and exaggeration. Even today in quality pub talk, a raconteur can rarely resist a third adjective, especially if it means stretching a point.

Legend suggests that the Shamrock was used by St. Patrick in the fifth century to demonstrate the meaning of the Trinity. Found on Irish medieval tombs and on old copper coins, it is known as St. Patrick's money. The plant was reputed to have mystic powers... the leaves standing upright to warn of an approaching storm.

Only one thing is certain about the shamrock, worn by millions on St. Patrick's Day. The word is derived from the Irish 'seamrog', meaning 'summer plant', and it remains Ireland's most famous symbol.

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All medallions are 1" in diameter.

We also press 24K Gold (provided by the customer). Contact Us for recommended sources of gold and physical specifications of gold blanks.

We do patina and polish all medallions that we ship out. Please see product photos and our Instagram or Facebook for examples of the look. We understand that additional services are provided at the Fairs and Festivals, but we cannot facilitate those services. 

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