Celtic jewelry – symbols of love and friendship

Celtic jewelry
Celtic jewelry

Celtic symbols have featured on items of jewelry for thousands of years. Many have romantic associations while others have religious origins.

Designs such as the trinity knot or the Celtic cross have had a huge surge in popularity over recent years. The Claddagh ring is widely used as a wedding ring.

Some symbols have come to represent Christian ideas despite the fact that they pre-dated Christianity. They were adopted by early missionaries who gave new meanings to existing Celtic icons to help convert the Irish.

Ironically, in many cases the symbols have gone full circle with people across the world wearing them to represent their Celtic heritage rather than Christian faith.

In this section we look at some of the most popular symbols in Celtic jewelry.


Celtic crossCeltic cross


 
Dates back more than 1500 years to the Ireland of the druids and early Christianity.


Claddagh ringCladdagh ring


 
Widely used as a wedding ring, and is also popular to mark an engagement or just a friendship.


Tara broochTara Brooch


 
Regarded as one of the masterpieces of early Irish art and craftsmanship.


Trinity knotTrinity knot


 
Had deep symbolic meaning for the ancient Celts and later the early Christians


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