Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Celtic symbols in jewelry

During the Middle-Ages the pre-Christian Celtic social structure based formally on class and kingship, and they believed in polytheism, worshiping multiple deities, gods and goddesses, under the Druids, or priests. The Celts also practiced Paganism or Neo-druidism, worshiping various aspects of nature, such as sacred trees and plants such as hazel, the oak, and mistletoe. During the 10th and 11th century, Celtic art began to be influenced by the Norse Vikings and the Scandinavian Ringerike or Urnes styles, and later by the Romanesque style that was sweeping across Europe towards the end of the 11th century.

Celtic Cross

The Celtic Cross was born in the British Isles, appearing primarily in
Ireland. Besides representing the very highest ideals and aspirations of the Celts, this symbol has long represented the bridge or passage between heaven and earth. The four arms may also be interpreted as the four elements or perhaps the four quarters of the earth. The ring in the center of the Celtic cross is a Celtic symbol of infinite and endlessness of God's love. The center ring is thought to symbolize a halo emanating from the Christ, who is at the center of all. Celtic crosses are also supposed to represent both the solstices and equinoxes.


Triquetra: Holy Trinity
In Latin it means "three-cornered." It's a holy symbol, and its meanings are many. It varies in its aspects of: Spirit, nature, being-ness, and of the cosmos.

Triple Spiral

Triple Spiral:
Represents the drawing of the three powers of maiden, mother and crone. It is a sign of female power and especially power through transition and growth.

Three Rays

Three Rays (Arwen):
The first and third rays in this symbol represent male and female energy (respectively). The middle ray represents the balance of both energies.

Single Spiral

Single Spiral:
Represents ethereal energy radiating out (or inward depending on your perspective) also symbolizes growth, birth and expansion of consciousness.

Five Fold

This pattern also represents balance. The four outer circles symbolize the four elements: earth, fire, water, air. The middle circle unites all the elements with a goal to reach balance between all four elements or energies.

Double Sprial

Double Spiral:
A sign of balance and also representative of the equinoxes.

Claddagh ring

Claddagh Celtic symbols are evident in the Claddagh as they are commonly seen in all jewelry. The heart of the Claddagh represents love, the crown is symbolic of loyalty, and the hands represent friendship. These symbol meanings make it easy to understand why the Claddagh is such a popular and appropriate choice for a wedding or friendship ring.
Claddagh Ring Position Traditionally, if the Claddagh ring is worn on the right hand with the crown facing the base of the finger ring-wearer is not in a serious relationship. Worn on the right hand with the crown facing away from the base of the finger indicates someone is in a serious relationship. According to some, if a Claddagh is worn on the left hand with the crown in either direction it means that that the wearer is married.

Ornate, symbolic, and enchanting, Celtic jewelry was (and still is) highly coveted. In fact, Celtic jewelry such as rings, bracelets, pendants, and brooches still sought after for their beauty and style- add some to your collection today!!

Reposted from BellaOnline http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art44706.asp
Author: Diane Geisel

1 comment:

EmandaJ said...

Great infromation! I've always loved Celtic imagery.