History and Symbolism of Celtic Jewellery

Out of the many other metal pieces of jewellery that have evolved into the modern world, Celtic design Jewellery is one among them. The origin of Celtic jewellery dates back to between 2000 BC to around 550 AD and the symbols utilized in their jewellery go as far back as 3,000 BC. Celtic jewellery was created by the Celts using bronze, copper and gold and gave it a sense of uniqueness and deep spiritual meaning.

The Celts spread across Western and Central Europe for over 1,000 years but their actual descendants are spread in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The name Keltois (Celts) to the alliance of tribal nations was given by the traditional Greeks.

Hair-pins, buttons, brooches, necklaces, bracelets, sword belts and harnesses are some accessories used to fasten clothes and for adornments. The Celtic style of design was embedded into these ornaments which are of great importance till date.

The symbols used in Celtic jewellery are very much related to Paganism – an early Christianity and has deep reference to nature. Some of the best known Celtic symbols are:

Triquetra, also known as the Tri-symbol, 3 circles – 3 knots represents the Mind, Body, Spirit; Earth, Sea, Sky; and the stages of life – Beginning, Middle and End. Also, the Wicca represents the sacred feminine.

Mix with circle – also known as the Celtic cross was created by St. Patrick when he introduced Christianity to the Celts (Pagans). The circle represents the sun, very much the centre of Pagan’s lives. It was to convert Pagans to Christianity.

Celtic knots – the knot symbol represents the never-ending phases of life and love, the changing of seasons and the journey of the Sun around the Earth. It stands for eternity.

These ornaments were extremely heavy and dramatic earlier but the modern days have changed it to be more wearable to the kind of lifestyle today. Lighter materials like silver and pewter are used to attain the standard designs and symbols of the Celtic jewellery.

These symbols portray one’s personality and not gender. Hence making them unisex. Celtic jewellery can be a great gift to your loved ones.