Celtic Jewelry - A Beautiful Mystery Unraveled and the perfect addition to your Celtic Wedding.
Celtic jewelry has a rich history and a proud tradition. Immensely beautiful with intricate Celtic symbols and delicate designs, Celtic cross jewelry, knot jewelry, and beautiful Claddaugh rings have been admired and desired for thousands of years.
Celtic Cross Jewelry
According to Irish legend, St. Patrick created the first Celtic cross by drawing a circle over a Latin cross. And since then the Celtic Cross has become one of the most enduring, and coveted gifts of Celtic culture.
Some say the four "arms" of the Celtic Cross represent the 4 earth elements - fire, earth, air, and water. Others believe the cross denotes the four directions of the compass, and still others feel it is a representation of human existence - mind, body, soul and heart.
The most distinguishing characteristic of Celtic knots is their intricate patterns and design
and the debate as to the meaning of those designs. While it is unquestionable that many of the ancient designs had some significance, those meanings changed from tribe to tribe and location to location.
Many believe that the intricate looping in knots was a way to keep out evil spirits. It is also generally accepted that the looping Celtic knot design denotes eternity and interconnectedness. Still, there is no definitive guide as to the meaning of Celtic knots which, adds, perhaps to their mystery and appeal.
Unlike other Celtic symbols, the meaning behind the Claddagh ring is well-documented. Named for the town of Claddagh near Galway in which they are said to have originated, Claddagh rings are beloved Celtic symbols of Irish culture and sentiment. The Claddagh design has a heart (symbolizing love) topped by a crown (symbolizing loyalty) held in two hands (signifying friendship). The phrase that is usually associated with the giving of a Claddagh ring is "Let love and friendship reign."
It's not surprise that the Claddagh is a popular wedding band for many Irish couples. In Celtic times, it was worn on the right hand with the heart turned away from the body to show that the wearer is unattached or with the heart turned inward to show he/she was "spoken for." If the Claddagh ring is worn on the left hand with the heart turned inward, it shows that two loves have been joined in marriage.