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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: March 13th, 2013
When Irish jewels are smiling

Irish gemsYes, I am Irish.

I love the idea of shamrocks, claddagh and trinity. These are just a few of the Irish treasures that make their way into rings, pendants and other baubles and bling.

This photo is from a link on the TipperaryWest website in Erie. It links to Solvar, a jewelry website. I am guessing you can ask your favorite jeweler for some Irish gems, and you’ll find them. Some are very inexpensive.

At My Irish Jeweler, I learned that the 3-leafed shamrock is a symbol for the Holy Trinity. Everything about the shamrock is fascinating. If you are looking for a wee bit of a $5 and under gift for a friend for Saint Paddy’s day, try a shamrock plant. I’ve had a few of them. They get beautiful white flowers that bloom all year long, and they thrive outdoors. I found mine at Wegman’s. They are as little as $4, and if I would remember to water them, mine would still be healthy. My first one grew as big as a shrub outside. In Saturday’s  House to Home, Sue Scholz will tell you all about shamrocks.

220px-CladdaghringFrom Wikipedia, I learned that the claddagh – a blend of hands, heart and crown  – represents love, loyalty and friendship. It originated in Claddagh near Galway in the 17th century.

No matter how you choose to celebrate this weekend, Happy Saint Paddy’s Day.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. Her paternal grandmother’s family came to America from Ireland. 

 

 

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