Types of Celtic Jewelry

Celtic Knot rings on a Scottish Tartan

by Jennie Stewart

Jewelry Specialist

Celtic jewelry is full of symbolism, with a history that dates back thousands of years. Celtic history is difficult to trace, but information is available. In this guide, you will learn about different types of Celtic jewelry, including the customary patterns and symbols found in Celtic jewelry.

Celtic Knots

Celtic Knot jewelry

There are many Celtic knot patterns; however, there are only six main styles used in Celtic knot jewelry. Each knot is symbolic of a particular characteristic or belief. For instance, the trinity knot represents the Holy Trinity.

Most Celtic knots are made with a single thread; however, the Celtic sailor's knot is made from two strands. The two threads are representative of two people "tying" their lives together. Celtic wedding rings and pendant necklaces that feature Celtic knots are especially beautiful and fascinating.

Claddagh Rings

Claddagh rings

"With these hands I give you my heart, and I crown it with my love." This old Irish saying explains the significance and symbolism of the claddagh ring. Claddagh rings given between lovers snow their long-term intentions and commitment. However, by wearing a claddagh ring on your right-hand ring finger, with the point of the heart facing out, you're telling people you are single and ready to mingle.

Pagan Symbols

Pagan Jewelry

Celtic history and paganism are intertwined; therefore, many pieces of Celtic jewelry detail pagan symbols. The triskele - which represents the realms of the earth, sea, and sky - and the triquetra - a three-point symbol that shows the connection between the mind, body, and soul - are pagan symbols that appear often in Celtic jewelry.

Celtic Crosses

Cross Necklaces

Celtic jewelry often features crosses, which shows the realtionship between Christianity and Celtic heritage. A Celtic cross is different from a simple cross in that it features a circle around the intersection point to symbolize inclusion and wholeness. From simple crosses to Celtic crosses, this spiritual theme comes in many styles. With a variety of metals, jewels, and sizes to choose from, it's easy to find a cross necklace.

Jennie Stewart

by Jennie Stewart

Jewelry Specialist

When it comes to jewelry, Jennie appreciates styles and pieces that have stories and histories. Celtic jewelry is especially interesting to her because of her Irish ancestry and her love of things that are shiny. Jennie also enjoys reading, writing, crocheting, gardening, and DIY-ing.