Connemara Marble Jewelry: Express Your Irish Side With This Uniquely Irish Gemstone!

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 Jewelry - Connemara MarblePhotocredit: Sara Kirby.

A Few Facts About Connemara Marble Jewelry

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.

Where Does It Come From?

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.

Ancient Origins

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.

Uses in Art, Architecture and Jewelry

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:

  • Pendant for the highest award in Irish Scouting, the Scouting Ireland Chief Scout’s Award
  • Building fixtures in notable structures like Kensington Palace, Albert Museum, Trinity College, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Galway Cathedral. It has also been used on the walls of the Senate Chamber of the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Irish Jewelry including earrings, pendants, rings, rosaries and bracelets, either as the centerpiece or in combination with precious metal like gold, silver and platinum as well as precious gems.
  • Home decorative items as well as furniture and fixtures like tabletops, potpourri dish, Christmas decorations and holy water fount.

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.

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