Understanding the history and symbolism behind Celtic jewelry

If you’re thinking about buying a piece of jewelry for your loved one, it’s important that you dive into the hidden meaning and history before you hand over the cash. After all, the last thing you’d want to do is buy a piece of jewelry that’s designed to symbolize engagement and lust for a relative! Celtic jewelry features a number of symbols, representing concepts and ideas and they most often relate to connections and relationships with our families. To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together more on some of the most common symbols…

Cross

Perhaps one of the most common Celtic symbols is the Celtic cross, found on a whole manner of Irish jewelry from bracelets to necklaces. It’s a form of the Christian cross which has emerged from the middle ages and is reportedly the brainchild of St. Patrick himself, who saw a standing stone that was imprinted with a circle and added a Latin Cross. Today, the symbol can help to represent love, commitment, and indeed a relationship with Christ.

Claddagh

Another symbol that you’ll see regularly on Irish jewelry is the Claddagh, which is made up of two hands holding a heart together, with a crown on the top. This symbol represents love, friendship, and loyalty between two people, both in relationships and within families. Many women were a Claddagh ring to show the world their relationship status. When worn with the heart towards a person’s body, it means the woman is in a relationship. When the ring is worn on the left hand with the heart pointed away from the body, it represents engagement. When the couple marries, the ring stays on the left but the heart is flipped to show marriage.

Celtic Knot

Another recognizable symbol is the Celtic knot, which features interwoven loops. You’ll find the knot on necklaces, earrings, and other traditional Irish jewelry. It represents many things, such as interconnectedness with loved ones, as the curving lines weave back and forth and show that there’s no beginning or end of love and commitment between families and friends.

Trinity Knot

Similar but not identical to the Celtic Knot is the Trinity Knot, which is commonly found in Celtic and other cultures. This knot has no beginning or end and the lines weave around each other, but the trinity knot features three points and a triangular-shape, which represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Some women wear this symbol for protection and to demonstrate their love and honor, making it a smart option for engagements and weddings.

There you have it – some of the most common symbols in Celtic jewelry and their meaning. Which of these is your favorite? Let us know in the comments and return to the blog soon for more advice on jewelry and looking your very best, whatever your age, gender, or culture.