This beautiful silver celtic tungsten ring is one of my favourite bands in our store. It makes sense then, that I bring it to your attention in this spotlight article. When it comes to ring style my own personal preference leans toward uncluttered, single colour finishes. For instance, smooth gold or silver bands with no other detail.
Celtic rings adorned with delicate knotwork, however, are an exception to this rule. This ring in particular is an exquisite example of less is more. In addition, I like to imagine that the weight of the tungsten metal adds to the notion of celtic symbolism and spirituality.
For many people the celtic knot reflects a sense of pride with regard their heritage, culture or community. For example, if they were born in a region with historically strong celtic roots. My Mother and Father and their parents before them were all born in England. However, our family lineage originated in Scotland and Ireland, a fact reflected in the households of some of my family members to this day.
I always consider my own family heritage when asked why I wear a celtic ring. Above all, It gives me the opportunity to tell of a distant relative who cleaned the stables of Robert the Bruce.
What does the celtic knot mean?
Ancient Celtic knotwork appears everywhere in modern fashion yet to this day the meaning of the knotwork is little understood. However, historians have alluded that the knotwork might be inspired by Celtic lore related to concepts of nature, eternity and community. It has also been said that items adorned with celtic knotwork were presented as gifts to friends, partners, comrades or neighbours to symbolise kinship, affinity, allegiance and of course, love.
Celtic knotwork on rings
Celtic knots are loops without beginning or end, therefore; it’s easy to follow the romantic view that they embody eternity whether this means loyalty, faith, friendship or love. One of the most popularised celtic knot patterns is known as ‘interlace’ knotwork. By definition, this pattern is said to represent the interconnection of life and our place in the cosmos.
Who where the Celts?
The Celts were made up of numerous tribes originating in central Europe. Furthermore, they shared similar language, religious beliefs, traditions and culture. Historians believe that the Celtic culture began to evolve around 1200 B.C. The Celts spread across western Europe including Britain, Ireland, France and Spain. Today, Celt traditions remain most prominent in Ireland and Great Britain, where traces of their language and culture are still observed.