Celtic rings are the most symbolic of all engagement rings and a beautiful option for those looking for something different to commemorate their love. The options are endless for design and engraving, and perfect for adding personal details and touches to a once in a lifetime ring.
The Celts and Celtic Engagement Rings
Celts (pronounced kelts) and Celtic (pronounced kel-tick) people lived hundreds and perhaps even thousands of years ago in Europe, including England, Scotland and Ireland. Because these people believed in symbolism and interconnecting of lives and the earth, they used knots and intricate engraving in their jewelry making. This trend continues and is shown in the designs available in celtic engagement rings in these modern times.
The Celtic knots in their engravings symbolize the eternal nature of love–with no end and no beginning. Knots in Celtic jewelry are often called “the lover’s knots” since they so closely reminds people of the intertwined love between two people.
Styles of Celtic Engagement Rings
Celtic rings come in so many different styles that it might be hard to narrow them down to just a few options. Some have colored gemstones and family emblems or symbols, while others may be resemble a more traditional engagement or wedding ring. Men’s Celtic rings are widely available as well, so it is always possible to have matching engagement and wedding bands.
There are countless options for wedding bands and it takes looking through pictures online to get an idea of what is available and your personal style. They range from simple woven bands to thicker, more intricate and detailed engraved bands. Check out this gallery of the most popular Celtic wedding bands to get you started:
Another type of Celtic ring, Claddagh rings are the ultimate choice for symbolizing friendship, love and a commitment for life. Generally, there is a heart wearing a crown being held by two hands. This type of symbolism is precisely why Celtic and Claddagh rings have remained available to this day. The Claddagh ring, when worn for an engagement, is to go on the left hand with the heart pointing inward.
Modern Celtic Engagement Rings
A blend between modern and traditional Celtic engagement rings are growing in popularity. They infuse a solitaire engagement ring or a three stone ring with Celtic designs beautifully. In some cases, these can be almost mistaken for an antique or vintage engagement ring because the look can be quite similar:
Metals and Stones For Celtic Engagement Rings
When Celtic engagement rings were initially created, they were made of silver or gold as that was what was available in those days. These days, any type of metal combination is possible to create an attractive engagement or wedding ring.
A lot of Celtic engagement rings have gemstones such as diamonds and emeralds. Emeralds are a well-known stone associated with Ireland (The Emerald Isle) and are also a good luck gemstone which makes it ideal for an engagement ring.
Caring for Celtic Engagement Rings
General care and cleaning for all engagement rings works well for a Celtic ring. With the intricate details and woven knots, however, these types of rings may hide dirt and grime more easily than a typical engagement ring. This is easily solved by using a soft bristle cleaning brush to get between all the curves and nooks.
Celtic engagement rings are a beautiful and unique option for a couple who like tradition and expressing their eternal love for one another. The knots are perfect for symbolizing their interwoven love, and the Claddagh heart and intertwined hands create a feeling of royalty and romance.
Images courtesy of MDC Diamonds and Daiming Jewelry.