You will find some of these Celtic symbols amongst our jewellery pieces.

Celtic Cross

The Sun Wheel, symbol of the eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth joined with the Christian Cross symbol of the risen Christ. It’s believed that St. Patrick combined the symbol of Christianity, a cross, with the symbol of the sun, to give pagan followers an idea of the importance of the cross by linking it with the idea of the life-giving properties of the sun.

Triquetra—Trinity Knot

The simplest of Celtic Knots symbolizing a triune God. For the Celts everything came in threes; maid, mother, crone & the 3 elements earth, fire & water. The use of the Trinity Knot in jewellery design is associated with eternity and eternal love. It’s 3 equal arcs represent equality, eternity & unity.

Celtic Harp

The Irish Harp is one of the world’s oldest instruments. The Ancient Irish Kings employed Harpists to entertain them. At one point in Irish History conquering invaders made it illegal to posses an Irish Harp in Ireland in an attempt to kill the “Irish spirit”. Today it is the national emblem of Ireland.

Celtic Triskele - triple spiral

One of the oldest Celtic symbols known to man, it has three spirals that all come from the centre and has become a powerful symbol for creation and growth. For the Celts it represents the three stages of the feminine life cycle; maiden, mother and old wise woman. In most cultures it's a symbol of eternal life. The idea of life, death and rebirth represented by the infinite spirals expanding ever outwards.

Shamrock

The shamrock is one of Ireland’s most famous Celtic symbols and can be found everywhere. It is said that St Patrick picked a shamrock from the ground in Ireland in order to prove the existence of The Son, The Father and The Holy Ghost. Shamrocks, in the past have been used by mystics because when a storm is approaching its petals will stand up. It is also a little known fact that the shamrock was used to ward off evil.

Celtic Spiral

The best-known Celtic motif dating back to the 5000 year old tomb complex at Newgrange. Originally symbolized the Eternal Cycle of Life, Death & Rebirth. The spiral has come to represent the Great Goddess and her threefold manifestation of virgin, mother and crone.

 

Celtic Love Knot

The heart as a symbol of love dates back to Medieval times. The Celtic Heart marries the enduring Heart shape with the beauty of the unbroken line. Perfect in symmetry the interlacing lines stand for everlasting love.

 

Intricate Celtic Knotwork

With their unbroken lines, symbolize the process of eternity as well as spirituality. The intertwining of the thread of life, with no beginning and no end, represents the continuing of life and death. Ancient Celts believed that when the lines crossed over and under the other lines, a layer of protection against evil was added.

 

The Claddagh

It’s commonly accepted that the joining hands, heart and crown represent a perpetual bond of friendship, love & loyalty. Wearing a Claddagh ring with the heart pointing out signifies the wearer is unattached, if it’s pointing towards the wearer then that heart is taken.

 

St. Brigid's Cross

Next to St. Patrick, St Brigid is one of the most revered saint in all of Ireland, she was important in spreading Christianity in Ireland. She was born near Dundalk in 453ad. Little is known of the history of the St Brigids cross however legend suggests when St Brigids pagan father was ill, she was sat with him on his deathbed and wove a cross from rushes.  The cross was presented it to him and  when her father saw the cross he repented and asked to be baptised.The St Brigid cross is one of the less well known Irish symbols, it symbolises the beginning of Spring which officially in Ireland is the 1st of February. These crosses are traditionally hung by on on doors and are said to protect houses from Fire and Evil quite ironically the crosses are normally made from rushes, perhaps not the most fireproof material!

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