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Celtic Jewelry

Celtic Jewelry

These Celtic Jewelry designs are inspired by our rich and detailed Irish heritage. The Celts were experts in many crafts such as woodwork, metal work and stone work and the style of Celtic knot work lent itself well to these handcrafts which can still be seen around Ireland in the countryside as well as in museums. We have tried to capture these traditional symbols in necklaces and earrings hand made in gold and silver.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What materials did Celts use for Jewellery?

    The Celts used a variety of materials and designs in their jewelry. The most commonly used were gold, silver, enamel and bronze. However, rarer materials like coral and tin were also in use. An alloy of gold and silver called ‘electrum’ was used in jewelry worn by chieftains and warriors. They also used stones like amethyst, turquoise, jade and lapis lazuli. Most stones had specific meanings attached to them and radiated healing energies, which the Celts used extensively.

  • What types of celtic jewelry can i buy?

    All our designs are inspired by ancient Celtic jewelry and are rooted in Celtic cultures and beliefs. We offer a wide selection of products – including necklaces and earrings in multiple designs. Many of these incorporate Celtic symbols like the Tree of Life, Ogham, Claddagh and the Trinity Knot. Gold shamrock necklaces and earrings are also a popular product in our inventory. You can also buy romantic accessories for the special someone in the Mo Anam Cara Collection.

  • What is celtic Jewelry?

    Most Celtic jewelry comes from the Iron Age in Europe. It refers to a specific style of jewelry designed and worn by the Celtic peoples in Ireland, originating in Switzerland. It is believed to have been developed between 2000 BC – 550 AD. You might know Celtic jewelry for its crosses and the ‘Tree of Life’, but it is much more than that. Designs from this period are usually geometric patterns and are wrought in metals like gold, silver, and bronze.

  • What does celtic jewellery symbolise?

    A variety of symbols can be found in Celtic jewelry. While it is often deeply symbolic in different ways, Celtic jewelry foremost signifies an attachment and reverence to an ancient civilization. One can find popular symbols like the ‘Tree of Life’, ‘Triskele’, ‘Trinity Knot’ and ‘Claddagh’ and ‘Shamrock’ in jewelry from this time. Symbols have specific meaning, but they represent healing, harmony, balance of life and strength. Celtic jewelry pays homage to the close and reciprocate relationship between nature and humanity, and heaven and earth.

  • Where do you deliver to?

    We ship all over Canada and the United States, Australia and Europe, including Ireland. We have also extended our delivery to the rest of the world for an $80 charge. We offer free shipping via USPS and AN Post which takes about 14 days. Paid shipping via FedEx ($20 in USA and Canada) takes 2-4 days. You are notified about shipping costs for different locations when you add products to your cart. All our shipping practices ensure the safety of your product – which you will receive in pristine condition.

  • How Long does delivery take?

    Delivery time depends on availability of your product. We usually dispatch your orders within 2 working days after your confirmation. Shipping is done five days a week. Delivery time depends on location and the service used. Free delivery via USPS takes 12-14 days while paid delivery via FedEx takes 3-4 days. In Australia and New Zealand, delivery can take up to 21 days. You can use expedited delivery options available on our website for faster delivery.

  • Where are your products made?

    All our jewelry is made in Ireland. We support local artists and ensure safe and protected working conditions. We are registered with the Assay Office of Ireland. We have been given the Hallmark of Ireland and the Mark of Fineness. Our jewelry is manufactured and hallmarked in Ireland. All our jewelry meets the highest standards of quality – metal and design. It reaches you only after meticulous inspection and examination.

  • Learn More On Our Celtic Jewelry

    Our traditional celtic jewelry collection showcases handmade jewelry featuring Celtic designs, Giants Causeway Collection, and other Irish design jewellery.

    Roots of Celtic Jewelry’s Inspiration

    Celtic jewelry Ireland features a variety of distinctive symbols and styles such as tri-spirals and trinity knot jewelry. What inspires the designers who create the intricate knot work and swirling spirals of modern Irish Celtic jewelry? When today’s jewelers look back over the centuries to create pieces that will speak to people today, what ancient finds stand out? Sometimes it is a motif seen on many different items for hundreds of years, but sometimes specific, singular works of art capture the imagination and inspire endless modern jewelry, pottery and other craftworks. Often it can be important concepts which the Celts held dear such as the cycle of life depicted in Tree of Life jewelry.

    These are some of the most amazing pieces of inspiring unique Celtic jewelry found over the years;

    The Tara Brooch

    The famous Tara Brooch in the National Museum of Ireland wasn’t found at the Hill of Tara. A dealer gave it that name to add interest and value. But the piece has plenty of both regardless of what it is called. The stunning ring and pin is actually a typical cloak fastener, although it is fair to say that most were probably plainer. But this particular one captured the imagination and inspired countless replicas and brooches more loosely inspired by it. The Tara Brooch dates back to about 750 AD, and it is solid evidence that the early medieval Irish were highly skilled metalworkers.

    Book of Kells

    This amazing volume demonstrates how Ireland gained its reputation as the land of saints and scholars. Begun in 800 AD on an island off the coast of Scotland and finished in Kells, County Meath after Vikings drove the monks away, it features the four gospels in gorgeous illuminated manuscript.

    Elaborate animal and shamrock, flora and fauna forms decorate the colorful pages, believed to be the work of seven monks – four scribes and three artists. Since 1861, it has resided in the Long Room of the Trinity College Dublin library, where more than a million visitors have seen it. Discover our shamrock jewelry here.

    Cross of Cong

    Made to house a relic of the True Cross in 1123 AD, the Cross of Cong takes its name from the village in County Mayo where it was housed for in a friary for centuries. The High King of Ireland, Turlough O’Conor ordered it for use in a procession celebrating the relic. The brass cross is covered in intricate swirls, knotwork and intertwined animal forms in gold filigree decorated with glass pieces. The workmanship is incredible, and the cross illustrates how central Christianity became to the people of Ireland. Click here to browse our collection of Celtic Cross jewelry.

    Claddagh Ring

    This is a more modern symbol. Richard Joyce of Claddagh village in Galway created the iconic heart, hands and crown design while he was enslaved to a goldsmith in Algeria in the 1670s and ‘80s. He was abducted at sea, while his fiancé was left in Galway. Pining for her, he took inspiration from a popular ring design of the time that featured two clasped hands to represent friendship. He added the heart for love and the crown for loyalty. The story has a happy ending. Joyce eventually returned
    to Galway with the ring he made for his beloved, and they wed. Joyce went on to create more Claddagh rings, and soon they became an unofficial symbol of Galway as well as a popular gift for friends and romantic partners. See our range of Claddagh jewelry here.

    These are only four of the most famous items that have inspired generations of Irish jewelers. They are part of the foundation of a visual lexicon of Celtic symbols, rich in exquisite detail and complex, swirling lines. This of course includes beloved motifs such as the trinity knot and the tree of life, which also feature round lines and incredible detail. Ancient Ogham stones dotted around Ireland with their carved lines also inspire popular Ogham jewelry. Which ones would you love to wear?

    All designs are designed and made in Ireland as well as hallmarked in the Irish Assay Office which is based in Dublin Castle, Ireland and is a sign of quality and purity.

    Price includes Free Shipping to North America & all taxes & duties paid.

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