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Celtic Jewelry - Symbolism and History

Sep 1, 2008
Celtic jewelry and designs have been popular for many years and are well known for their intricate and flowing patterns. Celtic jewelry itself is an ancient form of design, with different styles of interconnected lines and symbols that all display the early belief that everything in the world worked together and in harmony.

Different knots, shapes and patterns have come to symbolize different aspects of Celtic belief and culture, although most people today are not aware of all the history behind the pieces. Below are a few of the common patterns and symbols used in Celtic jewelry and their modern or ancient meanings:

Celtic Cross - the original Celtic cross is actually different than the cross associated with Christianity and the modern Christian churches. The Celtic cross has four equally long arms and is always traditionally in front of or enclosed by a circle. This represents the four elements of the world, earth, air, water and fire and the circle of course represents the interconnectedness of the four elements.

Spirals - a very common pattern, sometimes completed with such fine detail they seem to be hypnotic, the spiral indicates birth and the expansion of all living things through life. It is also the symbol of the sun, which is needed for life and growth. A clockwise spiral is the winter sun and a counterclockwise spiral the summer sun. Two spirals going opposite directions back to back are similar to other symbols that indicate balance and good and evil, birth and death and yin and yang.

Chevrons - this looks somewhat like stylized heart shapes but they are connected from the point of one chevron to the widest or top part of the other. They are often used as a repetitive pattern or border type pattern and represent strength and power.

Rope Work - this finely detailed pattern looks like a flat braid or woven piece of rope. It is typically used to provide a border or central pattern on rings and bracelets. The rope work symbol is often paired with crosses and spirals to create a flowing and almost undulating pattern.

Knots - single or double knots are common in the patterns of Celtic design and represent togetherness, loyalty and connection. The knots are formed with no apparent beginning or end and may have also been used to symbolize the eternity of the world. The first Celtic knot patterns were believed to have been developed around 450 AD.

Much of the history and exact meaning behind different Celtic jewelry patterns has been lost and can only be speculated on. Unfortunately there was no written record of what each of the various knots and patterns originally represented and any stories or legends have been long lost. Some basic meanings, such as the three cornered symbol or the trinity knot is found in more than just Celtic jewelry and design and is likely representative of the human body, mind and spirit or of the more Christian representation of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Regardless of the exact meaning behind the Celtic jewelry patterns, it is impossible not to be impressed with the workmanship and detail that goes into creating these infinite patterns. Celtic jewelry is not available everywhere, but with a bit of looking around you are likely to find a piece that really captures your imagination and will make a great addition to your jewelry collection.
About the Author
Amy Carrington is a fashion maven and editor at www.SorellaJewelry.com. Sorella Jewelry Studio creates elegant and original personalized jewelry with the names, words, dates and Chinese symbols that matter to you.
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