Celtic Wedding Rings Are Timeless

A knot motif is historically used in Celtic wedding rings design to symbolize the intertwining of two lives in matrimony. If you and your partner are considering using a design of Celtic origin to symbolize your union, you might want to know where the design comes from. The word Celts is used to identify a group of peoples united by their use of a set of related languages of Indo-European origin.

While it was once believed that Celts shared a common tribal source, more recent archaeological evidence indicates the Celtic culture was spread through the conquering of and trade with different cultures. There is no common ancestral heritage to the many branches of Celtic culture, and which of the cultures came first is lost in the long-gone annals of prehistory.

Celtic art in modern usage refers to the designs and motifs that came to prominence during the Celtic art revival of the eighteenth century. This revival was born out of the desire by the Welsh and Scottish to assert their cultural identities in the face of the dominance of English culture in political and religious areas.

Celtic art is primarily ornamental, making it well suited to jewelry. In this it has more in common with Arabic art than with the representational art of the classical tradition. Unlike Arabic art, however, Celtic art avoids straight lines and employs symmetry only sparingly.

The now familiar patterns seen in Celtic wedding rings are fashioned from stylized representations of rope knots, thus making them perfect visual metaphors for "tying the knot."

There are some beautiful three dimensional Celtic wedding rings available. These designs do not have the traditional flat band with solid, even edges. The band is formed by the loops of the featured knot pattern, with open spaces captured within the design. A variation on this is two solid ring edges serving as a frame for a graceful flow of rope-like metal capturing open space within the design.

The use of knot patterns in Celtic wedding band design makes them one of the few designs to regularly incorporate open space within the band. Gemstones are applied at the artisan's discretion and many designs forego faceted gems in favor of the semi-precious polished stones used in historic Celtic jewelry. Types of knot patterns include; the Celtic Knot, Circle, Spiral and Heart as well as the braided two stranded Infinity Knot and the clover leaf like Trinity Knot.

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