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Loriah Necklace is a Stunning “Contemporary Celtic” Design

loriah_mm_350This Loriah Necklace is one of the first Tribal Celtic designs in our exclusive line, and it has been one of the most popular and most enduring in terms of demand.

These have been among our best sellers from the very beginning, no matter if it has a black onyx cabochon, or one of our beautiful faceted gems such as London Blue Topaz, Mango Topaz, Mystic Fire Topaz or any of our other poplar gems.

I think the thing that makes this such a classic Celtic jewelry piece is that it is at once modern, and also has a vintage feeling to it. With the marquise shaped stone in the center and the round stones at the edges, it is well balanced in terms of the interplay between the black and the silver.

The finely crafted design is of wings of fire and it is a striking balance of positive and negative space, with fluid lines, spirals and flames.

The Loriah necklace is appropriate for men and women, formal or casual, and it’s just the right size to offset that perfect outfit.

We’ve seen a trend away from those with a Celtic heritage, or just an attraction to Cetlic jewelry in general, being tied to only the traditional designs such as the triquetra, triskele, claddagh, etc., and to be seeking out contemporary designs.

The vendors we see at shows that have created their own exclusive Celtic jewelry designs are always the ones with the largest groups of customers wanting to buy something.

It makes sense that if someone is going to spend more than $20 – $50 on a piece of jewelry, that they would prefer something unique that isn’t being worn by thousands of others around the world.

If you’re looking for a unique Celtic jewelry style as a gift for that special someone, or for yourself, this piece might be the one to consider.

The Meanings of Celtic Jewelry Symbols

w8329_p_lgknot_200I am aware that the title of this article is bold. My intention is not to claim knowledge that has eluded scholars and academics for thousands of years, but to offer a discourse that may help us come to some understanding about how the meaning of Celtic Jewelry symbols might be defined.

Today people are looking for meaning in all areas of their lives. The most often asked question about Celtic symbolism is, “What does it mean?”

Those interested in the meaning of Celtic designs must first take into account the time period that the jewelry is from, because meanings have probably changed over time. It has been over 4000 years since some of the first gold and silver Celtic jewelry pieces were made, so it’s very likely that the meanings today are different than they were originally, since our day to day lives are much different. Due to a different perspective of the world around them, it is likely that modern interpretation of symbols, such as Celtic interlace, differ from ancient ones, except in the most essential ways.

Because Celtic art is a living tradition, we have the unique opportunity of staying connected with our past as we appreciate the designs in the present. If you try to define a piece of Celtic art as having just one meaning, you may miss much of its history and significance. Because it is a living art, and it’s symbols are constantly re-interpreted by those who create and wear them, Celtic jewelry designs are varied and rely on the artist’s and owner’s personal beliefs. If an artist interprets his heart-shaped pendant with a knot-work design as a symbol for endless love, then who’s to say that is not what it stands for in his mind.

Historians haven’t come to a consensus, and, there is no solid evidence of the original meanings of Celtic symbols, so modern pieces can be interpreted in terms that are meaningful in today’s world.

Ancient use of Celtic spirals and other symbols used in Celtic adornment are well documented, but very little evidence predates 450 C.E..

Monks that transcribed sacred texts in the 7th century have acknowledged knotwork, also known as Celtic interlace, in their graphic manuscripts. The three most renowned examples of high Celtic art are contained within the Book of Durrow, Lindisfarne Gospels, and of course the Book of Kells. These three books are intricately designed (called illumination). Although the manuscripts fail to inform us directly, it creates a context which allows each reader to discover his or her own meaning for themselves.

Scholars have had a hard time finding the definitive meaning of many Celtic symbols because there exist very few hard facts about their origin that have been discovered.

We are attracted to Celtic art for both personal and emotional reasons. The designs’ individuality and personal impact are the reasons they become important to us.

Their mystery is heightened by the potential mystery, and significance, contained within Celtic symbols’ often intricate patterns. Perhaps someday a new manuscript will be found with an interpretation that will bring understanding in new ways.

Until that day, I suggest that we accept that the meanings of the symbolism in Celtic designs can be as personalized, and individual, as the designs themselves, and of those who wear them. The genre’s popularity allows for potential growth and expanded meaning for future generations, and the debate over meanings will no doubt continue for generations.

Thanks for reading.

Since this article was written back when we started this site, things have continued to change and evolve with the meanings of symbols and Celtic jewelry. We have traveled around the USA selling ourĀ  jewelry line at Celtic Faires and Highland Scottish Games, and we’ve talked with other designers about what their thoughts are on Celtic jewelry symbols. While we all agree on some of the symbols, many are still open to interpretation and haven’t been solidifies in the hearts and minds of Celtic jewelry fans and customers.

We started a Celtic Jewelry Blog here a couple of years ago to enable us to continue this discussion in a more interactive format. If you have any insights about the meanings of Celtic symbolism, please check out our blog and leave some comments. With Celtic jewlery, it is the sharing of our own personal thoughts, feelings and beliefs that will, over time, shape the meanings of Celtic jewelry designs and symbols into the future.


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Bram Lightbourne

Bram Lightbourne

Owner at Unique Celtic Jewelry
Writing articles about Celtic Jewelry, Heritage, Legends, Myth and More.
Bram Lightbourne

Meaning of Triquetra – Trinity Knot – Celtic Triangle

celtic triquetra symbolThe triquetra is a three part ancient symbol comprised of three interlocked vesica pices, often used to represent people or concepts in groups of three. Also known as the trinity knot and Celtic triangle, it has been found in Celtic art, paganism and also has been used in Christianity.

The triquetra symbol has been found on stones, in northern Europe, that date back to before 1,000 AD. This symbol is also found in the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript that was likely created on the Island of Iona (off the Scottish coast) around AD 800.

The triquetra has been found on rune stones in Northern Europe and on early Germanic coins. It probably had pagan religious meaning and it bears a resemblance to the Valknut, a symbol associated with Odin.

For pagans, the Triquetra represents the threefold nature of the Goddess as virgin, mother and crone. It also symbolizes life, death, and rebirth and the three forces of nature: earth, air, and water. The inner three circles represent the female element and fertility.

For Christians, the Triquetra represents the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–three persons as one God. Its three equal arcs represent equality, its continuous line expresses eternity, and the interweaving represents indivisibility and unity.

Recently the Celtic symbol has been seen on the television show “Charmed.” It was used as a symbol by the Halliwell sisters. They mentioned on the series that the symbol represents the Power Of Three, and Prue later suggests that it represents the three of them working together as one.


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Bram Lightbourne

Owner at Unique Celtic Jewelry
Writing articles about Celtic Jewelry, Heritage, Legends, Myth and More.
Bram Lightbourne

Unique Spyra Dua Pendent with Azurite & Topaz

spyradua_p_az_200The Spyra Dua pendent is a very unique design.

The reflecting spirals design was the result of our wanting to re-work one of our most popular Celtic jewelry designs, the Spyra Celtic pendant, into something a bit more complex.

By taking a single Spyra and reflecting the design, it creates a complex spiral pattern that has the perfect spot to hang an oval cabochon.

We attach the cabochon by a small hinge and it adds the perfect amount of movement to an already stunning piece of Celtic jewelry.

We currently have these in stock in a number of gem choices:

  • Onyx with Amethyst
  • Onyx with Garnet
  • Azurite with Green Topaz
  • Rainbow Moonstone with Moonglow Mist Topaz (very few left of this popular Celtic pendant)

If you are looking for Celtic jewelry that is unique, edgy and bound to inspire compliments from complete strangers, then this is a good choice.

We also have matching earrings, the single Spyra design in a smaller size, as well as larger sizes with gems.

The spiral is one of the oldest Celtic symbols and this design has lots of spirals as well as a definite tribal feel. The Spyra Dua Celtic pendant is one of our exclusive contemporary Celtic jewelry designs. We only have a few left in each of the color choices, so pick one up before they are no longer available.

Bram Lightbourne

Bram Lightbourne

Owner at Unique Celtic Jewelry
Writing articles about Celtic Jewelry, Heritage, Legends, Myth and More.
Bram Lightbourne