About this piece
Unity Candles are a popular item at any wedding. The two tapers symbolize the bride and groom - two people from different families. They light their own taper, then both bride and groom use their tapers together to light the pillar candle in the middle, symbolizing a new family, new life and new love. The central holder is adorned with the Claddagh, a traditional Irish symbol of love and trust. This makes a beautiful Irish wedding gift.
- Made Ireland
- Measures 9" across
*Candles not included
History of the Claddagh
Whatever the true origin, the Claddagh has since exploded in popularity among those desiring to celebrate their Irish heritage, appearing on many forms of jewelry and art from weddings rings to casual gifts of friendship.
About the Maker
Mullingar Pewter combines traditional handcrafted techniques that take many years to perfect, along with modern advances, producing wonderful heritage gifts. In 1974, Paddy Collins opened his workshop in the town of Mullingar, County Westmeath. It is here in the Irish midlands that Paddy revived the ancient craft of pewter manufacturing in Ireland.
Pewter has existed since ancient Egyptian and Roman times (as an alloy of tin mixed mainly with copper and antimony), and came to Ireland 800 years ago, becoming popular among the wealthy and for ceremonial purposes.