celt·ic | ˈkel-tik
Designs that are derived from the ancient Irish, Gaelic, British, Scottish, and Welsh symbols
While most people associate the term “Celtic jewelry” with Ireland, this descriptor actually refers to any jewelry with ancient Irish, Gaelic, British, Scottish, and Welsh symbols. Celtic jewelry is most commonly distinguished by its use of Celtic symbols, such as Celtic knots. These circles and loops are interwoven together, have no beginning or end, and represent eternity and the circle of life. Celtic knot jewelry dates back to around 500 BC, and is still popular today. Another desired piece of Celtic jewelry is the Claddagh ring. This gold or silver ring features two hands - which represent friendship - holding a heart that is wearing a crown - which represents love. The crown represents loyalty. In Irish tradition, wearing a Claddagh ring on the right hand with the crown facing out means you are considering love. Alternatively, wearing it on your left hand with the crown facing outwards means your love is taken forever, just as an engagement and wedding band are worn in the Western world.