I love jewelry. It's a passion of mine. Ever since I started wandering into my grandmother's massive collection of costume jewelry, trying on trinkets and gazing upon myself in her gold gilt mirrors, I have adored baubles and bangles. Jewelry is one of the only forms of self-expression that is decidedly sumptuous, whether it's couture or costume. Jewelry is also frequently a representation of heritage — think about delicate Chinese jade or resplendent Ankara rope necklaces. Coming up on St. Patrick's Day, it makes sense to celebrate Ireland's tradition of adornment with cute Irish jewelry to celebrate your heritage if you happen to hail from the Emerald Isle.
It would be easy to feature nothing but Irish jewelry that harkens back to the island's Celtic roots, but that's not all Ireland is. Ireland's jewelry-making history encompasses a wide variety of metals, designs, and jewels, and there is something to fit every taste and budget. The more traditional pieces, like Claddagh rings and Celtic knots, are still incredibly popular, but more nuanced and delicate approaches to these designs have been on the market for some time. I've chosen 10 pieces to feature, and they're a mix of the ancient and the modern, and they're all gorgeous.