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 came to the fore 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 in churchyards and early Christian settlements. 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. 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, exquisitely detailed beadwork and a central stone of Connemara Marble. A memorable addition to any discerning Celtic jewelry collection. It’s also exclusive to The Irish Store so you won’t find it anywhere else!
2. Cats Eye Trinity Knot Earrings & Pendant Set
This stunning matching pendant and earrings set features Ireland’s much-loved Irish symbol of eternity, the trinity knot. Featuring eye-catching green cat’s eye stones.. An Irish gift for her to be treasured.
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. Handcrafted in Dublin with a single green stone at its centre.
4. Connemara Marble Celtic Tara Brooch
This stunning Celtic pin draws inspiration from one of Ireland’s iconic treasures, the Tara Brooch. Discovered in the 19th century and 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. Mullingar Pewter Book of Kells Pocket Watch
So let’s not forget about the guys! This stunning Irish pocket watch takes inspiration from one of Ireland’s most precious treasures. A stunning Celtic knot trim surrounds the glass-encased mechanics of this beautiful timepiece. Handcrafted by the renowned Mullingar Pewter.
Until next time….
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Slán go fóill!