Peat Fire Jewelry is inspired by Celtic artwork and designs, and features Celtic knotwork, spirals and interlacing patterns.
Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to Erin, the creator and designer of all the wonderful Celtic and Irish inspired jewelry from Peat Fire Jewelry.
Erin has generously sponsored a giveaway for the readers of Irish American Mom. One lucky reader will win a Sister Knot Eternal Heart Solid Sterling Silver Necklace.
You’ll find details of how to enter our giveaway at the end of this post, but first let me hand you over to Erin, who will tell us a little bit about her jewelry company, her connections to Ireland, and her design inspirations.
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Introducing Erin Ferguson Young
My name is Erin Ferguson Young and several years ago, I was drawn into jewelry-making by my best friend, who introduced me to her local bead store and gave me jewelry creations of her own as gifts.
Being a classical pianist in my first career, I’ve always enjoyed using my hands, and so the fine motor skills needed for jewelry making seemed like a good fit.
I’ve always loved making things for family and friends for as long as I can remember and after a few years of making jewelry as gifts, I was encouraged to sell my designs to a wider audience.
Peat Fire Jewelry By Eireann
Now, ten years into my small business, Peat Fire Jewelry, and as my skill set has grown, I’m able to cast my designs into long lasting precious metals like sterling silver and bronze and never stop dreaming about new ideas that my customers might love.
The name Peat Fire Jewelry by Éireann was inspired by my deep love of Ireland and the smoky scent of peat burning in the hearths of Irish homes that we visited in 2008 and 2012.
Since scent can transport you to places and memories so readily, peat fire is the scent that takes me back to Ireland, the home of my ancestors, and a place that I dream of often.
Jewelry Inspired by Ireland
My name Erin means Ireland in the Irish language. My mother named me Erin because she had always loved Ireland and wanted to honor our Irish heritage that comes from my Grandfather’s side of the family.
Their surname was Doolan and they were from County Cork. We still have the family Bible from Michael Doolan and I intend on going back to check church registries on our next trip.
My designs are predominantly Celtic and Irish in nature, and I love the colors of the emerald green Irish countryside as well as Irish knots and ancient symbols.
Many of the symbols that I cast were inspired by our travels there. As I work in my studio, I often burn a tiny piece of peat and drink Irish Breakfast tea to make me feel close to the place where I feel I left part of my heart.
I love incorporating marble from the Connemara region of Ireland and also make a special collection of jewelry, the Eireann Earth Collection, that contains real Irish soil.
My husband, Jason, and I visited Ireland again in 2017 and I was able to visit more places that inspired my jewelry making. After having gone through chemo and radiation for breast cancer at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017, Ireland was the perfect restful, peaceful place to heal.
The grounds of Ashford Castle had abundant inspiration. A very kind guard named John at the gate to the grounds let us in free of charge after hearing my recent medical history and I’ve always been grateful for that amazing treat.
Ireland's Thin Places as Inspiration
There were also some “thin places” (as you talked about in one of my favorite blog posts of yours) that we found on that trip that I’ll never forget. The world absolutely fell away when we entered this hushed forest with trees covered in moss with clovers at their base.
It’s these experiences that inspire me every day to make my jewelry and even though I live in the US, I try to incorporate elements of Irish life into our daily life.
Jewelry That Brings Joy To The Wearer
If someone were to ask me why I love what I do and why I am drawn to making Irish jewelry, I would have to say that yes, I love working with beautiful materials, but it is the meaning behind the work that gets me up every day and propels me to my studio to make my jewelry.
Ultimately (and as my company mission statement says) I want to make jewelry that blesses the wearer in some way and brings them joy; to create jewelry that means something and brings comfort or even just makes them feel close to the land where they feel like they left their heart, too.
Jewelry Inspired By Ogham Stones
I loved seeing Irish Ogham stones on our trips and wanted to create a piece that represented the history imbued in these historical stones.
The Peat Fire Ogham Stone Collection has a number of lovely Irish words written in Ogham.
- Anam Cara (soul mate and pronounced as on-um car-ah),
- Dóchas (Hope and pronounced doh-kus),
- Grá (Love and pronunced as graw),
- Laoch (Warrior and pronounced as lay-uck),
- Misneach (Courage and pronounced as mish-nock).
One reader will win a Sister Knot Eternal Heart Solid Sterling Silver Necklace with a chain.
This beautiful necklace honors the important and deep connections we hold with our sisters, our friends, and our mothers. An endless loop traces a heart intertwined with a Trinity Knot. This design represents eternity, and the steadfastness of friendship, love and loyalty.
Made of solid sterling silver, this Celtic inspired necklace is suspended on a beautiful custom made sterling silver cable chain.
How To Enter Our Giveaway
To enter simply leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Saturday February 19th, 2022.
You can write any comment you want. What you write does not affect your chance of winning. If you need inspiration why not let us know if you own any piece of Irish jewelry, or if there is a specific type of Irish jewelry you dream of owning someday.
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 ...
Ogham Stones are found on the island of Ireland.
A winning comment will be chosen randomly using the Pick Giveaway Winner WordPress plug-in.
Remember to leave your email so that I can contact you should you win. Your email won’t be published, just used to contact our winner to organize prize delivery.
The winner will be announced on Saturday February 19th, 2022 at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes’ entries here.
A big thank you to all who support this giveaway and share it with family and friends.
And many thanks to Erin for so generously sponsoring this prize, and sharing her story with us today.
Plus if you like Erin’s jewelry she runs a quarterly giveaway on her own website for a $100 gift card for her jewelry store. You can enter that little giveaway too by visiting her competition page.
Best of luck to all who support this little giveaway.
Our winners have 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 her prize. A big thank you to everyone for entering 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. Here's a quick look at some other jewelry by Erin.
If you like Irish jewelry then you may wish to check out these other Irish jewelry makers and giftshops.
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Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade