° Made in the USA from Excelsior Pewter (nickel & lead free)
° Comes with a 34″ cord, pewter bead and booklet
° Measures approximately 1″ in diameter
° This pendant is double-sided
The meaning of the shamrock clover ranges from religious to rebellious. In Early Ireland, farmers who toiled on the hard Irish countryside had a deep love for shamrocks. This member of the clover family was a favorite food for livestock. Shamrock is a weed that grows quickly and is very difficult to eradicate. Farmers could let their animals eat as much as they wanted, safe in the knowledge that the shamrocks would grow back. . Between 1837 and 1901, during the reign of Queen Victoria, the Irish became subject to the hated British rule. England attempted to outlaw the Catholic faith in favor of the Anglican churches. Catholics continued to worship secretly, using the shamrock as a symbol of rebellion and to identify themselves to each other. This gave rise to the phrase, “Wearing of the Green.”
Wearing a shamrock was no small offense; those found wearing shamrocks were subject to arrest and death by hanging. Ireland has adopted the shamrock as a national symbol. Often, the Shamrock is confused with the four-leaf clover, which also is prevalent in Irish lore: but they are not the same. The Shamrock is a religious symbol linked with Christian beliefs, and it carries with it a sense of sacredness and purity, which the four-leaf clover does not share. The druids in Ireland looked at the shamrock as a sacred plant because its leaves formed a triad. Three was a mystical number in the Celtic religion. The Symbolism of the Shamrock is enduring and meaningful: its three leaves are thought to represent the Holy Trinity. Saint Patrick, one of the three patron saints of Ireland, used the Shamrock to illustrate the presence of the Father, the Son, and The Holy Ghost, showing those who were new to Christianity that the spirit of God existed in nature. Lead-free, Double-Sided and comes with a 36 inch cord with a lead free accent bead as well as an informational booklet with this story.