Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with Jewelry

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by Leslie Anger, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

This Saint Patrick's Day, be pinch-proof! Create and sell green jewelry with a St. Paddy's Day theme to join in the revelry. Whether you're Irish or not, this jewelry-making opportunity awaits designer-artists each and every year for a boost in holiday sales and fun.

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with Jewelry
Who was Saint Patrick?
Originally, St. Patrick's Day was a day of feast for Roman Catholics in honor of the patron saint of Ireland who died on March 17th. Saint Patrick had made a huge impact on Ireland, championing social change such as the ending of slave trading and human sacrifice as well as founding churches and schools all over the island. His passing was cause for mourning in all of Ireland, not just by the religious. The commemoration eventually spread and was embraced by other cultures. The celebration of Saint Patrick's life was brought to America and the first St. Patrick's Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston in 1737. March 17th has grown often into a celebration of everything Irish rather than just the spiritual father of the Isle of Saints, though his contributions did help make Ireland the country it is today.

Why is Green so Popular?
To celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, people often wear orange, gold and--most commonly--green, which are the colors of the Irish flag. Interestingly enough, green was not always the color worn in honor of Saint Patrick's Day. It was actually a light sky blue, called St. Patrick's blue, originally found on ancient Irish flags and armbands. However, during the 1789 Irish Rebellion (or United Irishmen Rebellion) was when ''wearing of the green'' became a sign of Irish nationalism.
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What's with the Pinching?
Green was also a color said to make you invisible to one of Ireland's most famous folklore faerie creatures called leprechauns. It became a game to pinch those not wearing green as a reminder mischievous leprechauns can sneak up at any time. Leprechauns have a pot of gold coins sometimes believed to be hidden at the end of rainbows, are shoemakers by trade and are known for their love of Irish music and dance. The General Mills® leprechaun of Lucky Charms® also has traditionally ''lucky'' shapes in his treasure such as clovers, horseshoes and shooting stars.

How did Clovers become so Popular?
Clovers (four leaves) and shamrocks (three leaves), are iconic in Saint Patrick's Day décor. Aside from the sheer abundance of these emerald-colored plants in Ireland, the shamrock most typically has three leaves that are often correlated to the Holy Trinity in Christian religions. Shamrocks were valued in pagan Ireland as well when the Celtic priests would carry a three-leaf shamrock to avoid evil spirits and four-leaf clovers to ward off bad luck. The Irish Rebellion adopted the historically rich shamrock shape as a nationalist symbol of their uprising against British rule.

With so many iconic shapes and bold colors to choose from, St. Patrick's Day jewelry is as fun and varied as the holiday itself. Use pre-existing clover shapes or make your own from polymer clay--even string together Swarovski crystals to create the illusion of a shamrock shape. Any and every material in a green, gold or orange color is up for grabs--maybe even sneak in some of that St. Patrick's blue. Everyone's Irish on March 17th, so be sure to provide everyone with something stylish to wear for the occasion!

Clover Beads and Components

Be pinch-proof. Showcase green and clover jewelry as well as leprechauns, pots of gold and lucky charms.

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