Jewelry: The Perfect Souvenir from Your Ireland Vacation (plus a giveaway!)

While it’s tempting to buy items emblazoned with Ireland, few of those are actually made in Ireland.  I certainly understand the desire – hey, we have two teddy bears from the Cliffs of Moher, a couple of fuzzy sheep and some Wacky Woolies items floating around our house- I have found that few souvenirs get as much use, or bring back as many memories, as the pieces of jewelry I bring him from our travels.  From our Claddagh wedding bands, to the Celtic Knot pendant I purchased on my second trip, nothing I have brought home equals the joy I feel when I put on a piece of Irish jewelry.

On my recent trip I found a new pendant- a shamrock sphere pendant in silver and gold.  The image on the advertisement was so beautiful that I hesitated to ask the price, knowing it would be far outside my budget.  Thankfully I overcame my hesitation, because not only was the beautiful necklace not outside my budget- it was far less expensive than I imagined it would be.

Shamrock Sphere Pendant Solvar

Isn’t it stunning?

When I returned home I had the opposite of buyer’s remorse- I regretted not purchasing the Celtic Spiral sphere pendant as well.  I searched the internet and could not find the necklaces anywhere- not even on the jewelry company website.  I reached out to my friend Leigh Maher at Irish Celtic Jewels.  After a bit of research, Leigh agreed that the pendants are, indeed, stunning, and now has them available in the online store!

Irish sphere pendants

Celtic Spiral, Shamrock and Claddagh Sphere Pendants

Leigh was also kind enough to offer readers of Ireland with Kids a 5% on all orders with code ICJ5(there is no time limit on this code- so be sure to save this info for gift giving time!)

You’ll find the Celtic Spiral Pendant, the Shamrock Pendant and the Claddagh Pendant along side other beautiful pieces of Irish jewelry-including the very popular Tara’s Diary bracelet and charms, so be sure to browse and make your choices!  No trip to Ireland necessary!

Win a Claddagh Ring from Irish Celtic Jewels (contest has ended)

Love, Loyalty & Friendship

The Claddagh is one of the most well-known symbols of Ireland.  My husband and I chose this trifecta of love, loyalty and friendship to seal our marriage.  If worn with the crown facing the wearer, the heart is available; if the heart faces the wearer, it has been freely given.

It’s super easy to enter to win this beautiful ring- just follow the directions on the widget below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. SassyIrishLasie says

    I would most like to visit Giant’s Causeway. I have not had a chance to go there yet and it is on my MUST see!
    Hubby and I went through a lot of trouble to find our wedding rings that were made IN Ireland. I am glad we did because I love them!!

  2. aka_Hadley says

    I would like to visit Ireland, stay at a bed and breakfast just see as much as I can see! I’ve never been and would love to go.

  3. ChristineMathias says

    I’d LOVE to go back to Union Hall, where I was fortunate enough to spend a week a few years ago when attending a friend’s wedding.  Also? Dingle.  Was there MANY years ago and fell in love.

    • says

      The Burren is absolutely amazing. If you enjoy megalithic history you would also like the Lough Gur area. Be sure to watch the site – we visited there this past June!

    • ChristineMathias says

       @Sabina When I was in Dingle in 1993, I had an opportunity to swim with Fungi.  I rented a wetsuit from the hostel at which I was staying, and went out in the wee hours to the mouth of the harbor.  I was hoping he’d arrive…and sure enough, he did. It was just the two of us. He swam around me, under me…if I’d have reached out I could have touched him.  He seemed super curious, super friendly, and super happy.  Eventually he swam away…it was one of the most magical experiences of my life.  I have heard Dingle has become far more touristy/busy since ’93…but I’m not sure.  I’d love to go back to see if it’s changed, and to have the opportunity to see Fungi again.  I hope you get a chance to go!

      • says

        Wow, Christine, what an amazing experience! The last time I was in Dingle was November, 2002. I can’t wait to return with my family- it was a lovely town then and the peninsula is far more beautiful- in my opinion, than the Ring of Kerry.

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