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Irish eyes - gems to nod to your cultural heritage

There are a heap of great things about being Irish. People love inviting you to a party, for one. You get great skin (so long as you wear SPF), and you have freckles! (Ask an Irish person, though; this isn't always seen as a good thing!) You also have a slightly less than 1 in 10 chance of having that gorgeous rust-colored hair! Bet you thought the odds were higher though... 

If you're of Irish descent, there's a strong chance that you want to incorporate some of your Celtic heritage in your wedding ceremony. The question is: how do you do it? Do you want to serve glasses of Guinness during cocktail hour? Will you go for green shoes? Will you opt for a hand-fasting ceremony? Point to note: hand-fasting ceremonies are no longer traditional in Ireland or in the UK, and your real Irish relatives may be very confused by your nod to their culture! But it can be a fun way to pay homage to your origins, as long as you don't take the tradition too seriously. 

Another great way of going green without going overboard is to use the opportunity to bejewel yourself in some emerald shades! We chose a selection of Irish-based jewelry designers for you to choose from (as they're Ireland-based, prices are in euros but check out our favorite currency converter, XE, for quick and accurate dollar conversions!). We've given you the chance to go oh-so overboard (check out that chrysoprase necklace!) or a little more subtle (Stonechat's studs are very understated), depending on your style and just how Irish you wanna be!

Clockwise from bottom left: kingfisher pendant in enamel and copper, €70 by Saba | green agata ring on 24ct gold band, €145 by Beatriz Palacios green chrysoprase tassle earrings, €65 by Vivien Walsh | stone-encrusted chrysoprase beaded necklace, €569 by Alexis Bittar @ Loulerie | green twin stud earrings, €90 by Stonechat |

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