There had been a point in time when outside of Ireland Celtic jewelry was connected with teenagers and Goths. This style has lost that reputation, and reverted to its correct place in the jewellery world. So what is it that is so special about the Celtic designs?
Celtic jewelry has developed over a period of time; these include symbols from the Druids, the Christians and also celebrated Irish stories of love and loyalty. One of the most famous of these is the Claddagh design. The Claddagh design is often given as an engagement ring.
This is partly traditional and also because of the strong symbolism of this design. The Claddagh design has 3 elements to it; a heart, hands and a crown. The hands represent closeness, the heart represents love and the crown stands for loyalty. Therefore it is one of the hottest choices of Celtic engagement rings. There are nevertheless other Celtic designs which are favored as engagement rings.
The Trinity is a frequently seen Celtic knot. This has one or two meanings, the first is the stages of the moon; waxing, waning and full. The 2nd is the Holy Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Both of these meanings have associations with the continuity of life and love. The Trinity is also drawn with only 1 movement, it is a continual line with no beginning and no end. For the reasons mentioned it is sometimes used in engagement band designs. The Trinity knot is frequently used to blend the traditional styles of engagement rings with the Celtic symbols.
For instance a solitaire diamond may be held to a band with a trinity knot both sides of it. Another fasionable engagement ring idea is the triple stone design. The three stones represent the past, present and future. These mix completely with the look of the trinity and can frequently be found embedded in the 3 sections of the conventional trinity knot design.
Thus the Celtic engagement rings are have now become a popular way to combine traditional engagement rings with an extra meaning.