Celtic Art & Its Influence On Modern Day Celtic Jewellery
At Love2Have we sell a considerable amount of Celtic rings mainly made of gold or titanium. As our Celtic rings are so popular, we thought it would be a splendid idea to research this topic further by looking into the Celtic Arts history and its relevance to our modern Celtic rings we make today. So here we have a condensed history of Celtic Art, symbolism and their meaning.
About our Celtic rings
Jewellery is as popular as ever before, and none more so than Celtic rings. The traditional fascination for all things Celtic is still crucial for many people and has a deep, significant symbolism for marriage. Celtic rings are always a popular choice for couples getting married, but modern fashions dictate contemporary styling is available to the customer, and as gold gets more expensive to buy, alternatives are the only option for many, such as titanium which is a brilliant choice when it comes to choosing jewellery. Titanium is sturdy, hard wearing and very versatile for Celtic ring design options.
Some Celtic history
The Celts themselves were a tribal race but very fractured amongst themselves too, with settlements spread all across Europe. The tribes were not that tightly integrated with one another. However, they did all speak the same language and share the same culture which dates back to prehistoric times. It was the discontinuity between the tribes that would lead to the downfall of the Celts by the Roman Empire. Even though they were living well in Turkey and most of Western Europe, the mighty strength of the Roman armies soon conquered them.
People, such as the Egyptians and the Vikings, the Celts came into contact with strongly influenced the Celtic symbolism. When they encountered the Greeks, they were known as the 'Keltoi' and in more familiar terms as the 'Gauls' in ancient Rome. The Celts inhabited many parts of Europe from the 8th century to 1AD. The occupation of the Celts in Europe came in two parts. Firstly between 750BC and 450BC in a region called Hallstatt that we know as Austria. They then settled successfully in France, Britain, Spain and Italy. In the years from 450BC to 50AD, the second period covered a time of occupying Switzerland.
In regards to the Celtic designs and patterns, we think of today; it was the Celts in Ireland that produced much of the Celtic Arts in the form of stone carvings and jewellery. In fact, even to this day Ireland is probably best known for creating Celtic inspired arts and crafts, more than any other nation including the traditional gold Celtic rings for weddings and engagement. The most famous of the Celtic designs used in wedding rings is the line of life - a Celtic knot pattern that represents the never-ending. The Celts had a real affinity with nature and based their designs on the animals they saw including birds and fish.
It was the Greeks and Romans that have taught us most about the Celts in earlier times as they both traded with them and kept books. The Celts themselves did not write anything down. We have however learnt from archaeological digs that they made their cooking tools, weapons, pottery and also jewellery. Once the Celts flourished, more time was available in evolving their creative cultures such as art and craft. They became adept at working with gold, silver, bronze and iron. It is from these beginnings that Celtic jewellery developed into the intricate designs used today. There was a high level of skill used to create beautiful items such as armour and jewellery used for trading. Celtic designers used iron compasses to develop the varied designs. However, they were all based on circles intersecting with one another. Wax was used to model the design of the object first to create a mould from clay which molten bronze was poured into and left to set. Celtic designs are mainly from the animal kingdom and plants. Shapes were crafted to look like branches and most famously the symbol of the Isle of Man, the three-legged symbol. The Celtic culture eventually transpired into Christianity, and their creative talents used for religious books, most famously the Book of Kells. The beautiful designs were decorated with graphic images to convey the word of God to those unable to read.
Modern Celtic ring engraving
Advanced design techniques and engineering skills have allowed us to transcribe these ancient Celtic designs into smaller intricate engravings for jewellery. These work none more so than on our engraved Celtic titanium rings. Celtic carvings can be copied and digitally adapted using computer systems to precisely carve using lasers.
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