Celtic Jewelry Symbols and Celtic Jewelry Meaning
Celtic Knots are a popular Celtic symbol but there are many types of Celtic Knots. Celtic knots are like circles and loops interwoven with no beginning or end. A symbol of eternity and the cycle of life. Celtic symbols are widely popular in Celtic Tattoos and in Celtic Jewelry. Celtic symbols have a variety of Celtic Knot meanings representing family, strength, protection, love and more.
While the exact origins of Celtic Knots are lost to time historians believe these Celtic symbols date to around 500 BC. Celtic knots have been found carved into ancient Celtic architecture, art and in illuminated manuscripts. Celtic Jewelry is thought to date back to around 2000 BC to around 550 AD. This was the period in which historian believe Celtic craftsman began using silver and gold to craft beautiful Celtic jewelry adorned with Celtic symbols and knots.
The exact meaning of the Celtic knot has unfortunately been lost in through the centuries and are left to interpretation. The designs are embossed on large Celtic stone crosses all over Ireland that have with stood the test of time and are depicted in metal work and Celtic jewelry on ancient riches like the Ardagh Chalice part of the Ardagh Hoard on display at National Museum of Archaeology in Ireland in Dublin.
Celtic Jewelry is so highly sought after and admired throughout the world. Tourists to Ireland often wonder about the local crafts the country is famous for creating. Ireland is famous for a variety of crafts including wool sweaters and its famous world-renowned Celtic Jewelry.
What jewelry is Ireland known for?
Ireland is known for beautiful Celtic Jewelry inspired by the ancient Celtic philosophy . Celtic jewelry is steeped in culture from Ireland with symbols of love, family, faith, and friendship passed for generations. Celtic jewelry has timeless appeal and is a wonderful representation of the vibrant Irish culture and people.
Celtic jewelry is high quality and handcrafted inspired by all things Irish and made from the finest material by expert Irish jewelers. When a customer buys a piece of Celtic jewelry such as a Claddagh Ring, or Celtic Trinity Knot they are not only getting a beautiful piece of jewelry they are also passing on traditional Celtic culture and custom.
The shamrock is the traditional symbol or Ireland. The shamrock forms a triad and the Celts believed three was a mystical number. Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy Trinity to the Celts. If good things come in threes then a silver 3-leafed shamrock pendant in beautiful emerald green is definitely a good thing.
A Claddagh Ring is a symbol of love, loyalty and frienndship. The two hands signify friendship, the heart represents love and the crown symbolizes loyalty. If the claddagh ring is worn on the right hand with the crown facing inwards you are declaring that your heart has not yet been won. If the claddagh ring worn on the right hand with the crown facing outwards reveals your love is being considered. If worn on the left hand with the crown facing outwards you are declaring that your heart is forever taken.
Many Celtic Symbols have influenced many aspects of daily life especially motherhood. Celtic motherhood symbols in general represent the natural cycles of life, love, and the strength of the unbroken bond. The Celtic motherhood knot naturally lends itself as a symbol for Celtic Family. But perhaps the best example of a Celtic knot motherhood symbol representing the Celtic family is the Motherhood Knot called the Celtic Mothers Knot.
The Celtic Mothers Knot is an unassuming stylized holy trinity with a parent and child embrace is representative of the Madonna and child. Combined with a Celtic trinity knot it is a true testament to the enduring bond between a mother, her child, faith and their Celtic heritage.
The Sisters Knot is a symbol of sisterhood and the strong, eternal bond we share with our sisters and friends. The intricate Celtic knot heart is an unbroken line symbolic of an everlasting love. The stylized triquetra or triple spiral, woven within the Celtic knot heart symbolizes the three stages of woman. The three stages of woman are maid, mother and wise woman. Where are you and your sisters on the spiral of life? Celebrate the powerful, life long bond of friendship between women with our Celtic Sisters Knot necklace.
Like the shamrock the four leaf clover is a symbol of good luck. The leaves of the clover stand for hope, faith, love and luck.
Our Celtic Family Knot Pendant is a stunning reminder of the beauty of family love. Celtic knots are eternal and strong like the bond that holds a family together. The Celtic Family Knot is an entricate and strong knot. Each weave represents a family member.
Legend says St. Patrick while preaching Christianity drew a cross through a Celtic circle symbolic of the moon Goddess. Hence the Celtic cross was born. Today the circle of the Celtic cross is viewed as a of God's endless love.
Celtic Cross pendants and Irish Cross necklaces are inspired by the brilliant history and Celtic culture symbolism of the standing stone crosses of Ireland like those at Clonmacnoise monastery. Crosses inspired by beautiful Irish crosses reproduced in Silver and Gold with elaborate inscriptions like the ones on ancient Irish high crosses all over Ireland. Their crosses are world renowned by those who love all things Irish and Irish culture.
Much like the shamrock the Triquetra knot or the Trinity knot was used by Christians to represent the Holy Trinity. In modern times the Trinity knot is now interpreted as the Irish love knot. The trinity knot's interlaced and unbroken lines symbolize spiritual growth, eternal life and undying love. So profess your love and give her the Irish love knot!
The Celtic eternity knot an ancient symbol of an interwoven spiritual path, endless love and friendship. The eternity knot is a symmetrical knot that ties into its self without a visible beginning or end. The saying, "tying the knot" means to get married or engaged originates from the ancient Celtic custom of hand-fasting. In this Celtic custom of a couple having their hands bound together with an endless knot (or an eternity knot) in a symbolic ritual that binds them together as one forever.
The Irish harp, although not as renowned as the shamrock is the official emblem of Ireland. The Irish harp status as the official insignia of Ireland dates centuries and the elegant instrument's history tells much about the history of the Emerald Isle.
This untamable, sweet briar or downy is also known as the Irish field rose. Although beautiful the wild Irish rose is a strong plant that survives in the wildest and harshest Irish habitats. It is no wonder why Irish women are called Wild Irish Roses.
The Luckenbooth is a Scottish symbol of love, dating back to the 17th century and often given as a token of betrothal, affection and friendship. It is usually in the shape of a heart or two entwined hearts symbolizing love and with a crown to symbolize loyalty. The Luckenbooth was sold from shops or "locked booths" in Edinburgh's Royal Mile hence the name Luckenbooth.
The Scottish Thistle Heart embodies the heart and soul of Scotland. Two purple thistles, the National flower of Scotland form a beautiful heart shape symbolic of ones love of Scotland. The thistle or Scotch thistle is the national flower of Scotland and they have a beautiful lavender flower. The thistle is featured in many Scottish symbols and logos. Legend has it that a Viking attacker once stepped on a thorny thistle during the night and cried out so loud that it alerted the Scottish defending their castle. The Scottish Thistle also grows in abundance in Ireland. This brilliant Celtic Thistle Kilt is a brilliant reminder of one's Celtic heritage.
The mythic stag was a symbol of nature and a bounty. The Celts way of life was interwoven with nature and animals but the deer or Celtic Stag held special meaning. The White Stag was believed to be a messenger of the Gods. It was though that the appearance of the white stag for told of important things to come. The Celts had several animal Gods including Cernunnos, the Stag God. Cernunnos, the Celtic God of Abundance, is known to shape shift into a “stag of seven tines.”
The word "cailleach" in the Scottish-Gaelic means old woman!, Owl in Gaelic is "cauileach-oidhche" , believe it or not it means "night-cockerel" or “white old woman of the night.” Because the owl was most often associated with the Crone aspect of the Celtic Hag Goddess “Cailleach”. The owl is often a guide to and through the Underworld, a creature of keen sight in darkness, and a silent and swift hunter. Celtic folklore says the wise Celtic owl can give you wisdom by helping unmask those who would deceive you or take advantage of you. “Hoo” knew?