Celtic Symbolism and Design in Jewelry

Celtic Designs have certain meanings and in modern designs have been created and meanings have been invented to sell the design.  There are really only a few “official” meanings that scholars are sure of and most do not assign meanings to specific symbols.

The symbols have been used since the dark ages (The Dark Ages (476 AD-800 AD)were an early medieval period of western European history).

 

A general symbolism of Celtic interlace can be expressed as representing the repeated crossings of the spiritual and physical paths in our lives. The never ending path is often said to represent "permanence and the continuum of life, love and faith".

Any knot that has a closed path, with no beginning or end may be symbolic of eternity and is widely accepted to symbolize eternity or love and marriage.

 

The cross with its characteristic circle is probably the most widely recognized of all Celtic symbols. Large stone crosses, known as "High Crosses" emerged as a major sculptural tradition in Ireland, Scotland and other Celtic lands from the 9th century or earlier.

 

Spirals adorn Irish Stone Age monuments at Newgrange, dating from 2,500 B. C.

Newgrane is located in in eastern Ireland was  constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), Note, Newgrange is older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley.  Newgrange is now classified as an ancient temple and is also a tomb.

Numerous spiral designs adorn the stone walls inside the chambers of Newgrange.

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