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Celtic Jewellery Symbols

Celtic Jewellery Symbols

Author - Kristine Joy Nerosa


Celtic craft and design is absolutely recognized throughout the world. A lot of people speculate about the significance behind Celtic designs. The sophistication and intricacy of detail must have a meaning. The definitions and interpretations of Celtic symbols have transformed through the years. However, one thing is certain, Celtic Art is a living tradition that is truly timeless.

Celtic symbols convey a lot of messages and so they have become particularly popular for jewellery designs. Below I have explained a little of the history and meaning of some of the most important Celtic Symbols:


Celtic Tree of Life

The Tree is a core piece of the early spiritual beliefs of the Celts. To them, it is a source of nourishment, provider of refuge, food and fuel for cooking and warmth. Trees are the link to the world of spirits and forefathers, living entities, and gates into other worlds. The Oak tree was the most holy of all trees, it signifies the centre of the universe.


The Claddagh

Claddagh Symbol is named after the Irish coastal town of Claddagh, the spot where the ring design is traced to is a historic local icon. A famous romantic tale about a townsman kidnapped into slavery, who comes back to present a ring to his true love. Irrespective of the love story, Claddagh rings have become a much loved gift symbolising faithfulness, friendship and love. The design is typically seen on jewellery pieces and depicts two hands holding a heart.


The Celtic Knot

Celtic Knot is probably the most renowned element in Celtic jewellery. The fine twists and turns are discovered in historical stone art where the Celts journeyed. The unending nature of the celtic knot is symbolic of eternity and undying love.


The Triscal Knot

The triscal or triskel knot is a particularly famous knotwork, which has a triangular shape, often of three spirals or an interlacing three sided knotwork. The three sides have been given a number of interpretations such as father, son and holy spirit or past present and future, another meaning given has been the three ages of womanhood, the child the woman and the hag.


The Celtic Cross

The Celtic Cross signifies the Celtic Christian Church, the symbol was originally obtained from the pre-Christian Celtic Pagan symbol of the sun God Taranis. The design is of a cross with a circle around the interstection of the cross, the cross also often incorporates celtic knot patterns.


The desire for Jewellery with Celtic Symbols has grown enormously over time. Celtic Jewellery has certainly kept its unequaled appeal as a favourite fashion worn by many globally.


Last Updated 17/06/2013