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.
As you learn about this amazing gemstone, if you find yourself wanting to know more about Irish customs in general, please visit our main Irish trivia and traditions section here...
Meanwhile, let's take a closer look at 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.
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:
Connemara marble jewelry makes a great gift for your family and friends. The beauty of the marble immediately attracts the eye while its symbolism warms the heart.
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