Celtic Rings: St Patrick’s Day
Ahh the luck of the Irish, those lucky little Irish folk have all the fun. Traditionally a cultural and religious holiday St. Patrick’s Day commonly celebrates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland during the 5th century and of course patron saint, Saint Patrick, as well as all things Irish. St Patrick’s Day isn’t just for the Irish in Ireland, but a global celebration everywhere in the world where the Irish people have set up shop.
Symbols and ancient charms
When you think of St Patrick’s Day the most common symbol is the shamrock…splatted on an ice cold black frothy Guinness (or is that just my recollection?!). However there are many symbols that represent St Patrick’s Day that are embedded in Celtic men’s wedding rings that embody, strength, beauty and old ancient charm.
The origins of Celtic rings are thought to date back to the 2000BC when silver and gold was used by Celtic craftsmen to create stunning jewelry adorned with Celtic symbols. Fast forward to today and the process of making Celtic jewelry is a little different and certainly the style has changed, however what remains the same is the meaning and significance of the ancient symbols crafted into beautiful Celtic rings.
Symbols and Celtic wedding rings
The Claddagh wedding band is truly the most magical and romantic of all the Celtic rings, as it has a distinctive design that features two hands clasping a heart with a crown. It represents all the elements of love and marriage, with love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown).
The Claddagh design comes with a charming tale of a prince who fell in love with a common maid, yet he had to convince her father his feelings were genuine. He designed a ring with hands representing friendship, a crown representing loyalty and a heart representing love. He proposed with this ring and when the father heard the explanation of the symbols on the ring, he gave his blessing. Aww!!!
The Celtic Knot wedding bandis to symbolize time without end. There are many different types of Celtic knots such as; spirals, plait, braid, step and key patterns to depict richly symbolic seven creations. Man, mammal, plant, insect, bird, fish and reptile.
The most recognized is the trinity knot, which you’ll find in all Celtic jewelry including wedding bands. It is the simplest of Celtic knots symbolizing a Triune God. In many early Christian illustrated books the Trinity Knot symbolizes the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost and is also associated with eternity and eternal love - making it a popular choice in wedding bands for him.
Celtic Cross wedding band is a contemporary wedding band rich in history that is Irish, Scottish and Welsh. There is the legend of how St Patrick when preaching to converted heathens was shown a standing stone that was marked with a circle that was symbolic of the moon goddess. St Patrick apparently made the mark of a Latin cross through the circle and blessed the stone making the first Celtic cross.
There are many stories, legends and beliefs that are folklore and edged in history, what you choose to believe is down to you. Today the Celtic cross is popular and synonymous with Celtic jewelry especially in Celtic wedding rings. It represents navigation, hope, life and honour.
As well as being rich in culture and history wearing a unique Celtic wedding ring will stand out because of its unique design. Most men wear a solid gold or silver band, which can be described as uniformed and a little boring. However if you’re a romantic and believe the tale of a young prince’s heart taken by a common maid and needed to prove his love before her father would give him his blessing? A Celtic ring that is richly designed by beauty and folklore is for you.
Celtic rings tells a story of heritage, culture as well as a modern twist on a wedding band, not to mention it can be a wedding ring that can last a lifetime and become a token that is passed down through families, serving as a reminder of your Irish ancestry or a true gesture of eternal love.