Our very first trip to Ireland was on our honeymoon a little over nine years ago.
We quickly fell in love with Ireland (I suppose that’s pretty obvious since you’re reading this on an Ireland travel blog). As newlyweds though, we were falling more in love with each other too.
One of my favorite mementos of our first trip was a necklace that I picked up at a gift shop somewhere along our route. It wasn’t expensive, unique or even handmade (in all likelihood it probably wasn’t even made in Ireland).
The pendant was an endless Celtic knot, which has many interpretations. Originally, the Celts likely believed the knot to represent Earth, Wind and Fire. In the Christian faith, it symbolizes the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I quite like that they symbol in modern Ireland means love, protection and honor—very appropriate at the time for newlywed Stephanie.
Unfortunately, I have a terrible track record of keeping special things safe and I lost my necklace soon after we returned home. I was crushed. My one souvenir that distinctly reminded me of Ireland and my new hubby was gone. So you can imagine my excitement when Shanore asked me to check out a piece of their Swarovski collection. Immediately, I thought maybe I could find something to replace my lost treasure. :-)
But there was one problem.
I am generally not so fancy. Like I am writing this in my pj’s, not fancy.
Don’t get me wrong. These pieces are gorgeous. I’d actually like one of each please. The collection, however, is a little overwhelming. My everyday jewelry consists of one wedding ring and two sterling silver ball earrings, which I admit were bought from Claire’s. Good bling doesn’t come by my way often (which reminds me, I should talk to Joe about that…).
I took a look at their extensive collection and while the Celtic Pearl Pendant was a super close second, I finally narrowed it down to the Trinity Knot; just like the one I had nine years ago (except that this one is encrusted with dozens of stunning crystals and doesn’t make my neck turn green).
It came about a week later and, as I expected, it was beautiful. This called for special Chastain household meeting (read: Jooeeee, come here!). I insisted that I head to store to get a little something nice to wear and that he take me out for fancy dinner to go with my fancy necklace.
What do you think? I love it.
I took a look at their other collections and I have made several notes—like check out this wedding ring. On a side note, can we just share a virtual high five that I have managed to not lose my wedding ring yet?! Don’t worry, I have this page bookmarked just in case…
And now the good stuff–Shanore has agreed to giveaway a Trinty knot necklace ($137 value) to a lucky Infinite Ireland reader. For a chance to win, leave a comment below. A winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, December 8 at 11:59 PM. Good luck!
—Congratulations to lucky #35, Amy Bryan! Random.org selected Amy as the winner of the Swarovski Trinity knot necklace. Thanks so much for entering!!—
While Shanore provided me with this Celtic knot necklace, the opinions expressed in this post are all my own (and any subsequent jewelry I guilt my husband into buying me will be gleefully accepted!).