Shamrock or Four Leaf clover: What's the difference?

Posted by Christine Loertscher on

Get your lucky charms out because it’s Saint-Patrick’s day!

When one thinks of Saint-Patrick’s day one thinks of the color green and images of clovers. Whether it has three leaves or four both are appropriate symbols for today.

Three-leaf clovers are known as Shamrocks. The term Shamrock is derived from the Irish word Seamrog meaning “little clover”. The Shamrock is linked to Saint-Patrick himself and has long been the symbol for the Irish. It is said that Saint-Patrick used the Shamrock in his missionary work to explain the concept behind the Holy Trinity. He would explain that there are three entities (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) connected by one common stalk. This is why only three-leaf clovers, not four, can be referred to as Shamrocks.

The four-leaf clover on the other hand is said to be a carrier of good luck. Where does this belief originate? One explanation dates back to pre-Christianity to the time of the pagans where the Druids (Celtic Priests) claimed that the four-leaf clover would help ward off evil spirits. Another reason for why good luck is attributed to the four-leaf clover is simply because of the fact that they are so rare to find. It is estimated that there is one four-leaf clover for every 10 000 three-leaf clovers- so anyone who finds a four-leaf clover is obviously very lucky!

We’ve created our own bit of luck that doesn’t have to wait for Saint-Patricks day. Check out these lucky charms that can be worn all year round.


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