Saint Patrick’s Day is a time when the descendants of the mysterious island of Éire celebrate their culture and heritage. For many, the holiday calls to mind shamrocks, green beer, and leprechauns. Yet around a thousand years before Saint Patrick brought Christianity across the sea, the Celtic people arrived on the Irish shores. Celtic history is full of mystery, but one thing is certain: they were a study in contrasts— a class of warring “barbarians” who created incredible works of art. The most recognizable symbol of the Celts, the Celtic knot, is a beloved symbol worldwide.
Celtic knots have often been discovered on countless ancient artifacts, such as the Book of Kells, and have been assigned romantic meaning over the years. Their looping, endless paths make them a perfect symbol for enduring love and devotion. Celtic knots are essentially infinity symbols, though they are considerably more complex. Looking upon a Celtic knot pattern brings to mind two strings of life that are being beautifully interwoven to form one.
Celtic Wedding Rings
A wedding ring is a symbol of endless love and fidelity, for a circle has no beginning and no end. Therefore it would only be natural to connect these two symbols of eternity, resulting in a romantic Celtic wedding ring. Such a ring would also be a great way to honor you or your partner’s Irish or Celtic heritage.
And Celtic patterns are not just for women! Braided Celtic knots fit particularly well on wider wedding bands, making them perfect for men’s wedding rings.
Some women choose to wear Claddagh rings throughout their lives. Sometimes this ring is a family heirloom, and sometimes it is a fashion choice with a sweet nod to a woman’s cultural heritage or romantic intentions. Every woman who wears one, however, should know how to wear it correctly. A Claddagh ring is comprised of two hands that are clasping a heart, on top of which sits a regal crown. The components of the ring symbolize friendship, loyalty, and love, making it an excellent choice for a meaningful gift. The history of the creation of the ring is steeped in myth, but the guidelines of how to wear it have become concrete. Here are the four possible ways you can wear a Claddagh ring:
Single: If the ring is on your right hand and the tip of the heart is pointed toward your fingertips, it means that you are single.
In a relationship: If the ring is on your right hand and the tip of the heart is pointed away from your fingertips, it means that you are in a relationship.
Engaged: If the ring is on your left hand and the tip of the heart is pointed toward your fingertips, it means that you are engaged.
Married: If the ring is on your left hand and the tip of the heart is pointed away from your fingertips, it means that you are married.
The Claddagh ring is incredibly versatile. It can be worn at any point in a woman’s life, and is a sought after choice for engagement rings or wedding bands. Often the heart of the Claddagh ring is replaced with a diamond, or, for the sake of tradition, a heart-shaped diamond. Claddagh rings have historically been handed down within a family, so choosing this ring is a great way to start a lasting tradition.
Custom Celtic Wedding Rings
If you have found a unique Celtic design or dreamed up your ideal design, consider custom designing a one-of-a-kind Celtic wedding ring or Claddagh ring! Brilliant Earth’s custom design experts have helped to create thousands of unique engagement and wedding rings, all of which are handcrafted from recycled precious metals. Brilliant Earth also offers a stunning collection of Celtic engagement rings to complement your Celtic wedding ring.
You don’t have to claim Celtic or Irish heritage to enjoy a Celtic wedding band. If you enjoy the beauty and the heartfelt meaning of the design, a Celtic wedding ring is the perfect option for you.
From all of us here at Brilliant Earth, we hope you find good luck this Saint Patrick’s Day!