How appropriate that Connemara marble jewelry, a uniquely Irish invention, happens to be green in color.
Green - the color thousands of people around the world associate with the Emerald Isle and her rich Irish culture.
You can find this special marble in everything from jewelry to home decor. A unique and durable expression of your love of Ireland.
Connemara marble is Ireland's national gemstone. It can also contain as many as 40 shades of green!
From the palest creamy green transitioning into moss and ending in the deepest emerald, this stone reflects the unique beauty of the Emerald Isle.
And it is found nowhere else in the world.
True marble of this type can only be sourced from one location - the Twelve Bens, a magnificent range of sharp-peaked quartzite mountains located in western Ireland.
It is more abundant along the towns of Streamstown and Lissoughter with most mines under the control of families who have extracted the mineral for several generations.
For these reasons, this type of marble is becoming increasingly rare.
You can, fortunately, still purchase finely-crafted beautiful keepsakes like pieces of jewelry and home decorative items from artisans’ shops in towns like Clifden and Moycullen.
Connemara marble dates back to the pre-Cambrian era and has certainly taken hundreds of millions of years to form.
Just as with typical marble, it is limestone that has been subjected to extreme amounts of heat and pressure that caused its transformation into the marble we enjoy now.
It is composed of re-crystallized carbonate minerals such as dolomite or calcite while its mica components give the marble its attractive shine.
Its characteristic 40 shades of green come from the presence of other minerals particularly serpentine that, in turn, came from the mixture of high magnesium limestone and silica impurities.
The ratio between the limestone and the serpentine, among other trace minerals in the Earth, determines the distinctive green hues of the whorls, swirls and veins.
The peerless beauty of this gemstone, coupled with its durability, has made it one of the most
sought-after stones in Ireland and beyond. It has many uses.
A few examples are:
Jewelry items made from Connemara marble are great gifts for your family and friends. The beauty of the marble immediately attracts the eye while its symbolism warms the heart.
Wearing jewelry and apparel that display ancient and beautiful symbols is a great way to express your Irish side.
One fun way to better understand Irish symbols, is to take our free quiz called "How Well do You Know Your Irish Symbols?"
Every answer is in the form of a picture, so you will have a visual experience of the Emerald Isle as you test your knowledge of Irish symbols...
You can take it up to three times, so if at first you do not get the score you want, try, try again! (The answers are all here at Irish Expressions.com)
Want to give it a try?
We hope you enjoyed the quiz! So ... how did you do?
If you scored 8 or higher out of 10, congratulations! You have a strong understanding of the major ancient symbols of the Emerald Isle.
Did you score 6 or 7 out of 10? Good for you! You are well on your way to the kind of knowledge that will enable you to share your Irish side with others, wherever you are in the world!
Did you score 5 or below? Then you have definitely come to the right place! :-)
You will find every answer to the quiz, and much, much more, in the the pages to come.
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to live your Irish side is to wear and share Irish jewelry!
If you would like to continue searching for Irish gifts visit our main section on Irish gifts here!
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