The Celtic Cross is a world renowned symbol of Ireland. It has evolved into a traditional Christian symbol. It's beloved by the faithful of Ireland and those of Irish heritage all over the world.
It has become an incredible symbol of Irish faith and Irish pride.
For the sixth day of our Twelve Days of Christmas Irish Gift Giveaways, we have a gorgeous sterling silver Celtic Cross pendant to give away.
This necklace features intricate Celtic knotwork in the design of the cross.
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This gift is once again brought to you by Aidan from Gifts of Ireland. He works closely with the good folks at The Jewellery House to bring you the very best of Irish jewelry.
And so, let's take a look and learn a little bit about the symbolism of the Celtic Cross.
(A quick tip from Mom - Take a look at the video at the top or side of this post to see the prize in more detail plus you'll hear a lovely Irish Christmas blessing at the end.)
Day 6 Prize: Sterling Silver Celtic Cross Pendant
The Celtic Cross is a symbol that is closely associated with Ireland. During the early middle ages Christianity continued to spread throughout Ireland and Britain.
Celtic crosses were built by missionaries in their quest to strengthen Christianity among Celtic populations. This style of cross appealed to the Celtic people.
The design represents a fusion of Christian and Celtic motifs. This art form has come to be known as insular art (the Latin word for island is insula, so in fact this is island art.)
A Celtic cross consists of a ring around the intersection of the cross beams. The Celts used circles and spirals in their art. Early Christians in Ireland recognized a way to attract the Celtic people to the symbol of the cross. By including a circular orb around the cross they included a representation of the sun. The Celts held nature and the sun in high regard.
Many Celtic Crosses survive all over Ireland, to this very day. High crosses were erected between the 9th and 12th centuries. These stone crosses featured carved Biblical scenes over the shaft of the cross.
In the 19th century the Celtic Cross came to the fore once again. A revival of Irish heritage was under way and many chose the Celtic Cross as their headstone design. Irish cemeteries were transformed.
This lovely pendant is made from sterling silver and is part of the crafted jewelry collection from The Jewellery House, who have been designing and creating jewelry in Dublin for over 50 years.
They're collections include Celtic Cross pieces and magnificent Claddagh rings. Aidan, from Gifts of Ireland, has curated a spectacular selection of Celtic jewelery by this maker, that celebrates all things Irish.
Check Out Our Video Prize Reveal
At the top of this post I've shared another short video featuring this lovely prize.
You'll get a much better appreciation for the intricate knotwork featured on this silver pendant by watching the video..
Plus I share another Irish Christmas blessing at the end of the video. We have a new blessing for each day.
If you would like to print this blessing simply click this image and it will take you to a post where you'll find a free printable in different sizes.
How To Purchase From Gifts of Ireland
Aidan stocks a wide selection of gifts from The Jewellery House.
You can purchase this beautiful pendant through this link...
Take a look! There are some great sale prices in Aidan's shop right now.
And don't forget to purchase early if your gifts need to be mailed from Ireland.
How To Enter Our Giveaway
One reader will win a Sterling Silver Celtic Cross pendant.
To enter simply leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Saturday December 4th, 2021.
You can write any comment. If you need inspiration why not let us know if you own any piece of Irish jewelry.
If you live in Canada or Ireland, then please answer the following question in your comment by typing A, or B for the correct answer ...
Celtic Crosses are found all over the island of Ireland.
A winning comment will be chosen randomly using the Pick Giveaway Winner WordPress plug-in.
Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published, just used to contact our winner for mailing of the prize.
The winner will be announced on Saturday December 4th, 2021, at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes’ entries here.
A bit thank you to all who support this giveaway and share it with family and friends. Why not spread a little Irish Christmas cheer with those you love this year?
Any many thanks to the good folks at Gifts of Ireland for so generously sponsoring this prize, and all the prizes in our 12 Days of Christmas Irish Gift Giveaways.
Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for Day 7 of our Irish giveaways. And don't forget to enter our Day 5 giveaway for a lovely Donegal Tweed Woolen Scarf.
I'll add the links to all our giveaways as we progress through our 12 days.
- May The Road Rise To Meet You Irish Blessing Plate Day Twelve Gift
- Irish Tweed Cap Day Eleven Prize
- Health, Love and Happiness Ogham Wishes Day Ten Gift
- Love, Loyalty and Friendship Irish Wall Art Day 9 Gift
- Celtic Pocket Watch By Mullingar Pewter Day 8 Gift
- Erin Knitwear Hat For Her Day Seven Gift
- Celtic Cross Silver Pendant Day Six Gift
- Donegal Tweed Scarf Day Five Christmas Gift
- Ireland Photo Frame Day Four Christmas Giveaway Prize
- Quiet Man Cottage - Day Three Prize For Christmas
- Day Two Of Our Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaways
- Day One Of Our Twelve Days Of Christmas Giveaways
Update: Winner Chosen
Our winner has been randomly chosen using the Pick Giveaway Winner Plug-in for WordPress.
And the lucky reader is ….
I’ll send an email to arrange mailing of the prize. A big thank you to everyone for supporting this giveaway by leaving comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every comment.
Thank you all for supporting our Irish American community.
Stay tuned for more stories and giveaways over the coming weeks and months.
If you like Irish jewelry then you may wish to check out these other Irish jewelry makers and giftshops.
Thanks for following my recipes and ramblings.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
Disclosure: Irish American Mom LLC has an affiliate relationship with Gifts of Ireland which means I earn a small commission should you purchase an item through the links on my blog. The price you pay is not affected. Thank you for supporting this Irish business.