Four-leaf clovers are associated with luck and the frivolity of St. Patrick’s Day, but this easily recognizable symbol also has a deeper meaning—that of protection and that someone you love is thinking about you.
If you want to get really deep about the clover, each of its four leaves also has a special meaning. The first stands for hope. The second represents faith. The third focuses on charity. The final leaf is about luck—the feeling that things are going your way.
There also is something lovely about possessing something rare. According to clover-related research, you have a one in 10,000 chance of finding a four-leaf clover in the wild. A three-leaf clover is known as a shamrock, and there are lots of examples of five- and six-leaf and beyond clovers out there, so that amount of luck in a four-leafed one is…limited at best, let’s say.
Heather B. Moore is best known for her handmade and personalized jewelry, and the Cleveland jeweler says her family has long celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and the symbolism behind its traditional symbol, the clover.
For St. Patrick’s Day, Moore created a limited collection of shamrock and four-leaf clover pendants. Each sits on a Harriet stone, one of Moore’s favorites to work with in her jewelry business.
“We grew up enjoying St. Patrick’s Day on spring break skiing in Colorado. It was the day to pick the funniest outfits, always peppered with shades of green. The best part of all was it was also my sister’s birthday, so we had to be extra ridiculous,” Moore says.
“When I see clovers, I think of how lucky I was to have her in my life for 28 years,” Moore adds. “This is a day to be grateful for all of the people in your life who have filled your heart with inspiration and goodness because that is truly the pot of gold!”
So whether you celebrate St. Paddy’s festivities or just want to show off your luck in finding a great piece of jewelry, here are some examples of four-leaf clovers across many designers and price points for your consideration.
Top: Heather B. Moore’s limited-edition clover jewelry sold out quickly this year, honoring her style and craftsmanship plus people’s admiration for the symbolism behind the four-leaf clover and three-leaf shamrock shapes (photo courtesy of Heather B. Moore).
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