Guest Author - Mary Ellen Sweeney
When I was a little girl, I was fascinated with my grandmother’s charm bracelet. This was the “lace curtain Grandma,” the one who wore Shalimar perfume and who lived in a fashionable, though tiny, New York apartment. Though her baptismal certificate said Ellen O’Shea, by the time she was stepping off the ship from Ireland, she was Eileen, and later everyone knew her as Dolly. She had landed in the Port of New York just in time to meet up with the Roaring Twenties, and Grandma looked very well in a cloche hat.
Her gold charms tinkled when she stirred her tea. There were little flashes of rubies and emeralds and diamond chips on Grandma’s beautiful charms. Each one had been a present, from my grandfather, from my mother, maybe even sometimes from herself, but it was such an interesting thing, so beautiful, and with so many stories. Grandma loved to talk about her charms while they made their own music jingle jangling against each other as she described her adventurous life. They symbolized her achievements in life. The lucky shamrock was her favorite I am sure, though she insisted to each grandchild that the charm with their names were her best.
So you can easily imagine how nostalgia and delight collided when I first saw the Tara's Diary Charm Bracelet. I had admired the Pandora-type charm bracelets, but Tara’s Diary celebrates the Irish culture and the carries with it the emotional values of the wearer. The Celtic designs are universally appealing; these symbols, ancient and enduring, are cherished by people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Each charm, whether it marks the arrival of a new baby in the family, a graduation…any of life’s milestones, is beautifully and carefully crafted to carry with it a meaningful association with life’s most touching moments.
Shamrocks: The delicately crafted shamrock charms symbolize the Holy Trinity. If you strongly believe in God and His creations, this charm will hold special importance to you.
Spirals: The spiral charms symbolize life and eternity. The curves on the spiral charm represent the long journey of life. Each circle is connected to the other one, symbolizing the period of birth, death, and then spiritual rebirth.
Claddagh symbols: These symbolic charms represent love and dedication, and hold a lot of importance in the storytelling tradition of Ireland.
By using beautiful Celtic charms of Tara’s Diary charm bracelet, you are sure to create a Celtic masterpiece.
Irish Celtic Jewels presents Tara's Diary and a full collection of high quality Irish-themed jevelery. This enamelled shamrock is just one of the lovely charms available.