Many people have heard about how the Irish and people around the world place great value on jewelry and other items made from Connemara Marble. This is a naturally green marble only found in limited quarries in the region of western Ireland called Connemara, which is located in County Galway, but also in the border area of County Mayo. Connemara (Conmhaicne Mara) means “Inlets to the Sea” in Irish Gaelic. These mines are located in the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht, a region Oscar Wilde called a “Savage beauty.”
Connemara Marble is a rare form of marble from the region, and it represents the forty shades of green and the landscapes of Ireland. It is generally believed to be over 600 million years old, although some speculate possibly 750 years. In 1822, the Joyce family from Galway opened a quarry in Clifden, called Streamstown Marble Quarry.
This marble has been used in construction and, in fact, forms the floor of the beautiful Galway Cathedral, as well as the walls of the Senate Chambers of the State Building in Harrisburg, PA; Westminster Cathedral; the General Post Office of London, and Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History. It is a popular component in jewelry (see our website: Artistic and Fashion Irish Jewelry/Connemara Marble Jewelry), as well as home decor items. In fact, we carry a range of spectacular cheese boards and accessories from a fantastic stone mason located in County Wicklow (see our website: Irish Gifts and Home Decor/Irish Marble Giftware). The artist, Eric Byrne, once the Kickbox Champion of Ireland, is a second generation master stone mason, with over 20 years of experience. Eric has always had a passion for Irish stone.
Although this stone is marble, it is considered precious to its many fans, as it is considered to be one of the most authentic Irish products available. Although no two items will be the same, they will be always be beautiful and unique keepsakes and reminders of the many greens of Ireland.