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5 Most Common Celtic Symbols for Rings


For the ancient Celts, symbols played an essential role and had tremendous meaning in their lives. These symbols are now present in jewellery, many art forms, or other items that hold vital significance for those of Celtic heritage. 

According to Celtic Crystal Design – Celtic Rings, natural phenomenon and life cycles such as birth, love, and death or natural elements such as thunder and the sun has helped shape the Celtic symbols and their meaning. Undoubtedly, Celts felt a huge connection to nature, and that is why their symbols reflect a solid tie to the Earth.

But what are five of the most common Celtic symbols for rings?

1. The Claddagh Ring

A Claddagh ring is a classic Irish ring representing loyalty, love, and friendship. It features two hands holding a heart and a crown on top. The meaning behind this Celtic ring has been synonymous with countless love stories ever since it was created. However, it is believed that the story originated in the village of Claddagh in Galway, where Richard Joyce was captured and sold into slavery in Algiers. 

There, he was taught his craft by a goldsmith – and upon his release 14 years later, he returned to his home where his loved one awaited him. In captivity, he made what is now known as the Claddagh ring for his sweetheart.

2. The Triskelion

The Triskelion is another common Celtic symbol for rings, representing the three realms of the spiritual world, the physical world, and the afterlife. Also known as the Triskele, its earliest creation dates back to the Neolithic era as seen at the entrance of Newgrange, Ireland. 

This symbol is common in jewellery design and is believed to bring good luck, health, prosperity, protection, and happiness. It is also associated with the Irish word Doire, meaning oak tree, representing courage, strength, and resilience. 

3. The Trinity Knot or the Triquetra

The Trinity Knot represents the Holy Trinity in some cultures: the Son, Father, and Holy Spirit. But it is also prevalent in jewellery designs as a protection charm, good luck, faith, and hope, representing the eternal cycle of life. In Irish culture, the Trinity Knot has been a universal symbol since ancient times, representing the union of two people. 

4. The Celtic Tree of Life

The Celtic Tree of Life is, perhaps, one of the most common symbols seen in jewelry worldwide today. Known in Celtic as “Crann Bethadh,” it symbolizes harmony and balance, representing the link between the spiritual and physical realms. The Celts believed that trees were the spirits of their ancestors, providing an association between their earthly life and the next. 

The Celtic Tree of Life represents longevity, wisdom, and strength. It is also a symbol of new beginnings and continuity. Even in modern times, the Celtic Tree of Life remains an important symbol of hope, reminding us to stay connected with the Earth, our roots, and the spiritual realms – even during difficult times.

5. The Dara Knot

The Dara Knot symbolizes courage and strength, an intricate type of knot resembling a tree. This design is available in various styles, but it is usually meant to symbolise the oak tree’s root system.

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