Celtic Rings: Charming Connections with an Ancient Culture
Celtic Rings: Charming Connections with an Ancient Culture
The many Celtic motifs reflected by Celtic rings create strong attachments with those who wear them. The intricately knotted designs of Celtic rings draw you into the past, intriguing you with mysteries that cannot quite be revealed.
Once the pagan lords of prehistoric Western Europe, much of the history of the Celts is difficult to establish. The first written accounts come from the Romans, starting at about 400 B.C., but the Celts existed for centuries before this. A wide collection of tribes with a shared culture, Celtic civilization dominated Western and Central Europe during the Iron Age, and as Roman and Germanic peoples expanded, the Celts were pushed farther west into Britain and Ireland. The exact time of the Celtic expansion into Ireland is disputed, but archeological evidence supports that the Celts were living in Ireland in 300 B.C.
Ireland, at the western extreme of Celtic civilization, was not absorbed by Rome and the region nurtured the Celtic culture and eventually melded it into Christian civilization. The folklore, art, and history of the Celts are thoroughly integrated with the Irish people and define them culturally to this day.
Modern Celtic rings are inspired by Celtic jewelry traditions. The enclosed, single-line designs without a starting point or ending point of Celtic art capture such ancient symbols as the stag, the dragon, the horse, the oak tree, the moon, the stars, infinity, protection, love and the Celtic cross. Celtic art presents nature through designs based on spirals, geometry, or knots. Celtic knots use one or more lines that pass over and under each other to form the design, and the best artists are able to use only one line.
Celtic art took form in many mediums from stone to gold to silver to bronze. The Celtic tradition that has weathered the centuries now has been translated into the durable medium of titanium. The nature-inspired lines of Celtic art that appear on Celtic rings create a piece that you can ponder on your finger every day. If you want to honor your own Irish heritage or you admire the Celtic art for its own value, Celtic rings will align you with an ancient time.
Celtic Rings: Stylish as Ever
With the rich tradition of Celtic art to draw upon, Celtic rings come in many designs that suit men and women. You could pick a design that uniquely symbolizes your hopes and beliefs. Perhaps a Celtic ring displaying the knot would speak strongly to you. With so many designs to choose from for Celtic rings, you would rarely encounter another person wearing the same ring.
One tremendous appeal of Celtic rings is the meaning summoned by each design. The folklore and history of many tribes through many centuries have built the traditions of Celtic art, and each design tells a story or imbues you with the supposed powers of ancient mystical beliefs. For example, each crossing line in a Celtic knot protects the wearer, and the single line Celtic knots represent how all the world is connected. By choosing a Celtic ring you will be wearing something that is more than pretty. You will become part of a long cultural tradition that has endured for thousands of years.
In the hectic modern world where thoughts are always on the present and the future, people are increasingly attracted to Celtic rings because Celtic rings offer a long story instead of a sound byte. The very basic Celtic shield knot is a symbol of protection, and its artistic origins are thought to go back even farther into history than the Celts.
Celtic Rings: Capture the Meaning of Any Occasion
Birthdays, graduations, and especially marriages can be honored with Celtic rings portraying appropriate symbolism. Loyalty, wisdom, love, protection, strength, courage, your connection to nature all can be displayed with Celtic rings. Designs are created using a single line, never ending, never beginning. Where the lines overlap represent a shield of protection. Although Celtic rings are made in all metals, you can select one with an eye-catching special quality by choosing Celtic rings made from titanium.
Although titanium has only been refined and used in modern times, its quality and character translate perfectly to Celtic design. The strength of silvery gray titanium allows it to hold the intricate Celtic designs well and protects it from distortion and scratches that a softer metal can suffer. Titanium is also an increasingly popular medium for wedding rings, particularly men’s wedding rings. Many couples select Celtic rings for their wedding rings because it either honors their heritage or they appreciate the meaning of the Celtic designs.
Even when made of new materials such as titanium, Celtic rings never have a plain mass produced look to them. Each design was developed long ago by forgotten masters who were inspired by a complex culture. Celtic rings always hearken back to a lost age where family bonds were everything and the forces of nature were interwoven into every step of life.
Explore the variety of Celtic rings available and choose a design that strengthens your beliefs and honors the genius of Celtic art.
Copyright © 2005 Titanium Rings Studio, Eric Pless
Eric Pless founded Titanium Rings Studio in 1998 after mastering his craft with 11 years of experience working with titanium and silver. His artistic passion has always been with metalworking, which he studied enthusiastically even in high school shop classes. His successful artisan business, Titanium Rings Studio, crafts fine quality handmade titanium rings. Full lines of stunning wedding rings, engagement rings, Celtic rings, tension rings, friendship rings, and titanium bracelets are available.
Revised by Susan Smith 2016
Susan began working with Eric Pless in 2000. Having learned all aspects of the business, Susan went on to take over the business, with craftsman Jacob Hansard in 2012. Titanium Rings Studio continues to provide a handcrafted product, made here in the USA, with dedication to artistry and awesome customer service.
https://blog.udemy.com/celtic-knot-meanings/ by Cate Leona
“Ireland Through the Ages” by Michael Jenner, copyright 1992.
- Susan Smith