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Why Is Gold Affiliated with St. Patrick’s Day?

Why Is Gold Affiliated with St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day is associated with the color green, food, drinks, and a number of Irish traditions. While green may refer to Ireland’s nickname the “Emerald Isle”, it’s lush green landscape, shamrocks, four-leaf clovers, or spring, did you know that gold is also associated with St. Patrick’s Day? Gold coins in particular have become a symbol. After all, legend has it that, at the end of a rainbow, a leprechaun will be there with a pot of gold.

Here we’ll look at how this day and gold are so closely affiliated. It’s also an opportunity to be inspired to find that special person gold jewelry ahead of the fast-approaching March 17 holiday.

Gold is Rooted in Tradition

A few traditions are associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Shamrocks, three-leaved clovers, Leperachons and the color green. While shamrocks and three-leaved clovers are commonly used symbols, a shamrock is actually not a four-leaf clover. However, many believe Ireland has more four-leaf clovers than anywhere else (this is where the term “the luck of the Irish” comes from).

Each leaf of a four-leaf clover is believed to represent a different attribute. These four meanings include hope, faith, love, and happiness. Wearing green comes from the traditional belief that if you don’t, you’ll be pinched by a leprechaun! Another tradition is to kiss The Blarney Stone, which was believed to be good luck. Don’t live close enough to find the actual stone? That’s okay, just kiss someone who is Irish. 

But What Does This All Have to Do with Gold?

According to Irish legend, if you find the leprechaun at the end of a rainbow with a pot of gold, you can have the gold if you catch him. That’s why you’ll find lots of plastic gold coins, pot-o-gold buckets, and coin-shaped candies around St. Patrick’s Day.

Gold is a great gift idea because of its association with momentous occasions. It may be gifted for a milestone birthday or as a wedding gift. Gold is also a symbol of wealth that retains its value over time. And aside from being a gift, it can help loved ones understand the idea of saving or investing. By contrast, money is often quickly spent, but gold tends to be treasured over time.


Incorporate Tradition with Gold Jewelry

Gold jewelry, whether a necklace, bracelet, set of earrings, pendant, or gold ring, can be easily themed for St. Patrick’s Day. It may be adorned with green glass beads or gemstones such as emerald or peridot. Many items even include traditional symbols such as clovers and shamrocks. Design elements like simulated gold coins and pots-of-gold can be integrated as well. The colors and symbols associated with tradition can make for truly unique and beautiful items.


Find the Perfect Gold Jewelry with Jeweler’s Touch

If you’re looking for the perfect gold jewelry for St. Patrick’s Day or any other day of the year, Jeweler’s Touch can help. We offer numerous collections with exquisite designs. No matter the occasion, you’ll find outstanding jewelry and gemstones. If you don’t find the ideal match, we’ll custom design jewelry just for you, using your vision, our state-of-the-art 3D CAD design systems, and the expertise of GIA Graduate Gemologists. We also provide repairs, appraisals, and financing for customers in Southern California.

To get started, browse our inventory of gold jewelry, schedule an in-store/virtual/curbside appointment online, or call 714-579-1616 to speak with us directly.

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