Irish Coat of Arms & Family Crest
A Little History of Irish Heraldry
Heraldry has always been linked with ancestral pride. It evolved in medieval times from the need to be able to distinguish individuals in battles. The faces and bodies of soldiers were obscured by helmets and armor, meaning that officers and noblemen were indistinguishable from everyone else during battle. By the 12th century, personalized badges were widely used by nobility to identify them, and a century later, these badges could be inherited. Officers at arms, or herald as they were also known, were employed to record these in rolls of arms, or scrolls, known as armorials. Each family has its own coat of arms, unique to their ancestry. They were proudly worn by the warriors of the family, and continue to be displayed with pride by their descendants. If you or someone you love has an Irish surname, then a coat of arms gift is the perfect way to display that with pride!
Family Shield Plaques
The heraldic shield is where the coat of arms is placed and is the focal point of the heraldic display. A shield was used in reference to the protective shields used in battle, where the coat of arms would be displayed. The shape of the shield was normally left to the heraldic artist to decide, meaning that many different shapes have been used during different periods and in different parts of Europe. No two heraldic shields are the same, giving a sense of meaning and belonging to each family's name. It is a very touching Irish wedding gift to give a plaque with both the bride and groom's individual family shields, commemorating the union of these families and the proud ancestry they are bringing together.
Coat of Arms Parchments and Prints
The coat of arms has a number of elements: the crest is a figure or symbol at the top of the helmet and are usually an animal or mythical creature. The helmet is below the crest, atop the shield. Fun fact: how the helmet is positioned signifies the rank of the initial bearer. For example, a helmet facing forward with the visor opened means a knight, while a helmet facing side-ways with the visor closed is for a gentleman. If a family had a war-cry associated with them, this would come to be their motto. If a motto exists, it is written in a ribbon below or above the shield.
Heraldry is about far more than identification during battle. There is something very special about being able to place yourself in a lineage bearing your Irish last name, as well as the pride that comes with knowing that your ancestors were brave and skilled, no matter their rank. This awe-inspiring fact makes it an honor to have one's surname and crest proudly displayed in the home.
Family Crest Jewelry
Jewelry is a more personal way of representing ones roots. Wearing one's shield on their finger makes for decorative homage to one's Irish heritage. With a heraldic ring you bring your ancestry with you wherever you go. . Just like the coat of arms itself, these rings can be passed down from generation to generation, an heirloom and symbol of your Irish pride that will live on.Personalize Your Jewelry