Celtic necklaces go back centuries. For thousands of year the Celts fashion previous metals such as silver and gold into delicate ornaments based on treasured symbols. Often these pendant featured complex interweaving knot work, animals as well as inspirations from the landscape around them. This collection draws on those ancient icons such as Ogham, Tri-Spirals, Claddagh, Trinity knot as well as Celtic Cross icons and translates them into contemporary necklaces.
Ireland has a long tradition of making beautiful jewelry. From the bronze age and before, the Celts were fashioning metals for tools and also adornment. We have seen ancient artifacts found all over Ireland and Scotland which were made in silver and gold and some even studded with semi precious and non precious stones.
In the Medieval era, opulent, ornate and detailed pieces such as the Cross of Durrow and Ardagh Chalice were created. These pieces are decorated with details scenes, animals and ornamentation in very fine detail.
These crafts have been passed down for many generations and have inspired many styles by today’s Irish jewelry designers who have retained the great hand skills and unique design flair we see around us.
Necklaces were one of the first personal adornments the ancient people of Ireland created to wear themselves. The dawn of the Bronze Age in Ireland was around 2500 BC. This is when people developed the ability to shape metal into new forms. Working in copper, gold and of course bronze, they could create tools and vessels, but they were not exclusively pragmatic people. The ancient Celts were also creative souls. So they also made jewelry and decorated it with engravings and stones.
The earliest Celtic necklaces were the lunula. These were not like today’s necklaces. They were flat, crescents of thin metal similar to a collar. The surface was engraved with complex patterns similar to the stone carvings found at ancient sites around Ireland.
New techniques for working metal developed, and the variety of Celtic necklaces increased. The first torcs were created around 1200 BC. Similar to a lunula, they were a collar-style necklace. But torcs were made by twisting strips of gold into a semi-circle.
Later, silver joined the list of workable metals. By the time of the Vikings, Irish jewelry featured beads of amber, glass and stone. Chain necklaces became popular as jewelry became an important status symbol in the 10th and 11th centuries.
These Celtic necklaces slowly evolved over the centuries while retaining their distinctive motifs of swirling lines and intricate patterns. Today’s trinity knot pendant is the descendent of those Bronze Age lunulas and torcs. When you wear Celtic jewelry today, you’re embracing a rich tradition of carefully crafted artistry that stretches back to the first use of tools in Ireland.
We created the Celtic DNA necklaces so that people can wear and pay homage to their Celtic ancestors. Crafted in sterling silver and 14K gold featuring DNA designs with Claddagh ring, Trinity Knot jewelry and Tree of Life jewelry so that you can wear your heritage wherever you go.
All pieces of jewelry are hallmarked by the highly regarded Irish Assay Office to prove the finest quality and purity.
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