“Will you marry Me”? It is probably the greatest question you will ever ask or be asked and one of the most important times in your life. Choose a ring just as significant, and one the holds symbolic meaning. Celtic wedding rings and Celtic engagement rings hold a deep significance in the daily lives of many men and women, especially in the Celtic culture. In memory of a loved one. Jewelry like rings is often worn to commemorate special occasions in one’s life like a promise of love, lifelong commitment through marriage or in memory of a loved one.
The Origins of the Wedding Ring Tradition
The origin of the exchanging of rings or the wedding ring tradition some 3,00 years but even more exciting the first recorded history of a diamond wedding ring dates to the incredibly early 1400’s. The Western tradition of exchanging wedding rings is said to have originated in ancient Rome and Greece. Early engagement rings or wedding bands were exchanged as a dowry and then later then were used as a promise ring of fidelity. Our modern custom of exchanging wedding rings and engagement rings is derived from Christendom from Europe in the Middle Ages. Many have argued that the tradition of the ring finger or the wearing of the ring on the fourth finger of the left hand is traced all the way back to the Egyptians. The Egyptians held the belief that the vena amoris, the vein of love ran heart to the top of the fourth finger on the left hand.
Celtic Wedding Rings are Rich in Beauty and Culture
Many people of Celtic heritage often desire a Celtic wedding inspired by the tradition of the Celtic Nations, especially Ireland. There are six regions recognized as Celtic nations, and they are Ireland, Brittany, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Scotland, and Wales.
Who Buys a Celtic Engagement Ring or Wedding Ring?
Many Irish Americans and those who connect with the heritage of the Celtic nations identify with Celtic wedding rings and Celtic engagement rings inspired by historical Irish traditions and heritage. Celtic rings are an appealing and distinctive take on the engagement ring and wedding band.
Two Popular Styles of Traditional Celtic Wedding Rings
Although there are many variations in design the two main styles of Celtic weddings and Celtic engagement ring are often the claddagh and Celtic Knot ring design. Claddagh Rings can be worn as promise ring, engagement ring or as a wedding band.
The Claddagh Ring
Claddagh rings are named for the ancient fishing village of Claddagh, near Galway, Ireland, dating back to the 17th century. The Irish Claddagh ring, is a traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty, and friendship. The hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty.
The Claddagh Ring is a type of fede ring. The name fede comes from the Italian phrase “mani fede” meaning hands joined in faith. It is also commonly referred to as the hands and heart ring. There is also a version known as the Fenian Claddagh or Dublin Claddagh. This version does not have a crown and was made in Dublin in the 1800’s. In Irish tradition claddagh rings are passed down from mother to daughter. Joyce later begun the romantic tradition of giving a claddagh ring to a loved one as a promise of friendship, love, and loyalty.
The Celtic Knot Ring
There are many Celtic knot ring styles, but all Celtic Knot Rings are magnificent in their intricate design and cultural meaning. The basic principle of a Celtic knot is that it is an endless knot. Throughout the centuries the Irish have carried on the traditional Celtic folklore of the Celtic knot and adapted many versions of the knot. Endless Celtic knots make the perfect design inspiration for engagement rings and wedding bands. Celtic knot engagement rings speak volumes about Irish heritage and meaning. Any one can enjoy the beautiful design and symbolic meaning of these unique wedding rings.
Aran Claddagh Wedding Band
This Aran Rope Claddagh Wedding Band is a finely crafted Irish masterpiece accented in all sterling silver. This designer claddagh wedding band is inspired by the warmth of the Irish wool fibers twisted into the beautiful and strong yarn that is knitted into traditional Aran sweaters. The Aran sweater is a symbol of Irish heritage and traditional Irish customs. The claddagh wedding ring is a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty and it makes the perfect Irish Claddagh wedding ring for any Celtic man.
Celtic Trinity Diamond Band
This Celtic Trinity Knot Diamond Band is as sleek and stylish as it is captivating. Express your love and honor your heritage with this true Celtic band. Trinity knots are the Irish love knot. This Celtic trinity knot band will take your loves breathe away.
Diamond Celtic Eternity Wedding Band
The Diamond Celtic Eternity Knot Band in sterling silver and yellow gold is magnificent. Celtic knots have no ending or beginning. This diamond Celtic eternity knot wedding band symbolizes the eternal bond between man and woman. This is truly a striking Celtic wedding ring.
Celtic Weave Diamond Bridal Set
This captivating Celtic Weave Diamond Bridal Set will honor your bride’s Celtic heritage. This clever woven Celtic knot engagement ring features a square diamond cluster setting flanked by trinity knots. Trinity knots are the Irish love knot. On your wedding day stack, it with the coordinating Celtic woven band that fits snugly next to it.
Diamond Trinity Knot Engagement Ring Set
This Diamond Trinity Knot Engagement Ring Set is as beautiful and captivating. Express your love and honor your heritage with this true Trinity Knot Engagement Ring set. The Celtic Trinity engagement ring has a round cluster setting that shimmers with diamonds and is accented with trinity knots on either side. The matching band has coordinating trinity knots and diamonds. Trinity knots are the Irish love knot. This Celtic Trinity Knot Engagement ring set edged in milgrain for an heirloom look will take your loves breathe away.
Diamond Claddagh Engagement Ring
This Diamond Claddagh Engagement Ring radiates exquisite beauty. The Diamond Claddagh ring is one of Ireland’s best-known symbols of love. A Diamond Claddagh engagement ring has three symbolic parts. The heart stands for love, the crown is for loyalty, and the hands are for friendship. Experience every stage of love, loyalty, and friendship. There is an old Irish saying that goes, “With These hands, I give you my heart and crown it with my love”.
About us: The Irish Jewelry Company was founded by award-winning designer Jennifer Derrig. The Irish Jewelry Company Claddagh ring collection offers classic and contemporary Claddagh rings, all handcrafted.