Celtic Wedding Rings
and Tying the Knot
The origins of the Celts dates
back to prehistoric times when they emerged as a group of loosely knit tribes with a common culture and language.
They were superb artisans and fierce warriors.
At one time Celtic settlements
stretched from Turkey and the Balkans right across Western Europe and well into the far east. But it was the rise
of the Roman Empire that would expose the lack of cohesion between the various Celtic tribes and would lead to them
being overrun, expelled from their huge territories and being pushed back to the western fringes of the continent.
Even though the ancient Celts flourished across Europe, it is in Ireland where
their traditions have been most preserved.
One aspect of this culture that
still survives today is the artwork. This is most commonly seen in the splendid Celtic jewellery such as
Celtic wedding rings.
Their artwork was believed to be
very symbolic often being based on nature using images of birds, animals and fish. The Celts believed firmly in the
interconnectedness of all life and produced the familiar, and famous, Celtic Knots - which are interlaced
patterns with no beginning and no end.
Although perhaps the true
significance of these patterns has been lost over the millennia, Celtic designs remain increasingly popular in our
The Claddagh is a traditional
symbol of love and friendship and is thought to have originated from Claddagh in Galway as far back as the 16th
century since when has been worn by many as a wedding ring and as a symbol of love.
The design of the Claddagh consists of a heart as a symbol of
love, a crown as a symbol of fidelity or loyalty and the hands depicted friendship. Tradition states that if you
are spoken to you should wear the Claddagh on your left hand facing inward but if you are unattached it should be
worn facing outward on the right hand.
Celtic crosses, which predate Christianity,
can symbolize the four quarters of the earth and or the four elements - earth wind and fire. They are equal armed
crosses which are enclosed or backed by a circle.
Following the introduction of
Christianity, it became more common to see Celtic Crosses on top of a matching pedestal, which gave it a more
elongated look. Celtic crosses are often worn as jewellery such as rings or on chains around the
Geometric designs have always
feature prominently in Celtic artwork with spirals, chevrons, scrolls and knot work. Many of these patterns can be
seen decorating stone carvings or ancient manuscripts and religious books.
The Celtic spirals are very symbolic
with the single spiral generally thought to signify growth expansion and cosmic energy.
The dual centered spiral found
often on stone carvings signifies duality and nature and is associated with motifs from other cultures such as the
Ying Yang symbol. Celtic knot work designs remain popular today and can vary from single elegant knot patterns to
complex intricate interlaced patterns.
Although the symbolism of celtic
designs may have been lost, many of the designs remain popular today and will often be seen used in the design of
jewellery and in particular Celtic Wedding rings.
The following is written by John Lewis of Love 2 Have who specializes in traditional
gold celtic wedding rings handcrafted in the UK.
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