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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday Teaser - Dylan's Song

As I continue the launch of Dylan's Song, I'm visiting Andi's Book Reviews today. I hope you'll drop by and leave a comment; one lucky winner will win a beautiful Celtic necklace at the end of the tour. Andi interviews me, provides an excerpt from the book and some more information you should find interesting.

Irish jewelry has a lot of tradition. Last Friday, I gave the inside story of the Celtic Key Necklace that Dylan gives to Vicki in Dylan's Song. Something else he has for Vicki - but hasn't given to her yet - is an Irish Claddagh ring.

The ring has many variations; sometimes the heart is a green gem, such as an emerald. Sometimes it includes diamonds. It's found in gold and silver and a combination. But it always means the same thing.

The heart represents true love. When the heart is facing toward the wearer, it means her heart has been captured. When it is facing outward toward the fingertips, it means she is looking for her true love. Both of these are when the ring is worn on the right hand.

But when it's worn on the left hand with the heart facing the wearer, it means the woman is married. On the left hand facing outward means she is engaged.

The hands symbolize friendship because every relationship needs both true love and true friendship.

The crown represents loyalty. There is a variation of the ring without the crown - supposedly because of the Republic of Ireland's separation from England and the King and/or Queen.