Hi Everyone, I hope I find you all well this week. So we all have our favorite symbol when it comes to Celtic jewelry. Maybe yours is the Trinity Knot, the Tree of Life or the much loved Celtic cross. Another one of mine has to be the much-loved Claddagh which has a much more recent history.
Celtic Jewelry-An Ancient Inspiration
The Celtic style of art which gave us interlocking knots, runes and spirals goes back to around the 5th century. Christian monks were among the first to spearhead this style which is known as Insular art. The most famous example of this style is to be found in the iconic 9th century illuminated manuscript, The Book of Kells.
Examples of Insular art also began to appear on stone crosses as Christianity grew. Because of this, many Celtic crosses can still be seen all over Ireland to this day. Monasterboice in County Louth (pictured below) is one such place, most noteworthy for boasting one of the most impressive collections of Celtic crosses in the country.
Lulu’s Top Celtic Jewelry Picks
1. Connemara Marble Celtic Cross Pendant
Many stories and myths surround the origins of the Celtic cross design. My favourite story centres around St. Patrick. On seeing a pagan standing stone imprinted with a circle which represented the moon goddess, he blessed the stone with a Latin cross. As a result, the first Celtic cross came into being.
My favorite Celtic cross pendant from our collection is handcrafted in Ireland in sterling silver and features 4 trinity knots, a central marcasite stone and Ireland’s ancient gemstone, Connemara Marble. A memorable addition to any discerning Celtic jewelry collection with five star reviews!
2. Silver Connemara Marble Claddagh Ring
Next up we have our best selling 5 star rated Claddaagh ring. The hands for friendship, the crown for loyalty and the heart for love-featuring age old Connemara Marble. Handcrafted in Ireland from sterling silver and hallmarked at Dublin Castle, this is an unmistakably Irish gift that is sure to be treasured for a lifetime.
3. Tree of Life Diamond Pendant
The ancient Tree of Life symbol is found in many ancient cultures the world over, due to its universal message. The branches reach for the sky while the roots reach down into the ground. A representation of the link between heaven and earth, mind and body and the never-ending cycle of life. T
This age-old Celtic symbol is brought vividly to life in this stunning pendant. It features 3 exquisitely detailed Trinity knots in 10 karat gold. But that’s not all; 3 of the tree leaves are set with sparkling precious diamonds giving this gorgeous Celtic pendant an undeniable wow factor.
4. Connemara Marble Celtic Tara Brooch
So now it’s time for another 5 star favorite. This stunning Celtic pin draws inspiration from one of Ireland’s iconic treasures, the Tara Brooch. Dating back to 700 AD, it is a stunning example of early Celtic art. Another reason to love this stand out Irish brooch is the stunning Connemara Marble accents.
5. Trinity Knot Half Pearl Jewelry Set
My final pick is another best selling favorite featuring the ever popular Trinity knot. In this stunning jewelry set, this age old Irish symbol combines beautifully with the iridescent beauty of freshwater pearls. The set exudes understated elegance and sophistication and is also a popular choice for bridal jewelry.
Take care of yourselves and each other,
Slán go fóill!