Celtic symbolism has long been a source of fascination for many modern people. The beautiful symbols and shapes certainly lend themselves to many types of jewelry designs. Celtic wedding rings are one of the most popular and fast-growing types of wedding rings available today. If you are considering purchasing Celtic wedding rings, here are some things you may be interested to know about them:
Celtic people first appeared in middle Europe in the post-Neolithic period, and are thought to be a joining of several tribes of people from Southern Russia and from Central Europe. Most of the knowledge we have today of the Celts comes from archaeological evidence. Their culture depended more on the tradition of passing along knowledge orally. Archaeologists have found evidence of written symbols used in their culture, however, and these symbols form the basis of the Celtic designs we see today in art and jewelry.
Symbols and Metals Used in Celtic Wedding Rings
There are many different types of Celtic designs and symbols. Animals, trees, magical creatures, crosses, and faerie folk are all depicted in Celtic symbolism. Celtic knots are probably the most popular symbols used in jewelry designs, however, and particularly in Celtic wedding rings. The very popular Irish Claddagh rings should not be confused with Celtic symbols when looking for a wedding ring of this type.
Many Celtic wedding rings are entirely metal, with the Celtic designs etched, stamped, or carved into the metal. Currently, white gold is the most popular for wedding rings of all styles, including Celtic rings. A very beautiful style that enables the design of the Celtic knot to be highlighted on the ring is to use both white and yellow gold, or even sterling silver and yellow gold. Both allow the knot design to “pop” when it is done in one color, and the rest of the ring in the other color. Tungsten carbide rings are also a very good choice if you like the silver look since they are very durable as well as inexpensive.
Depending on your preference, you could decide to get an openwork ring, which resembles filigree, or a solid design that features the Celtic knot design stamped, carved or etched into the metal band. Diamonds are often also incorporated into these beautiful rings, but of course, will add to the cost of the ring. If finding a budget-friendly wedding ring is important to you, take a look at the many beautiful cubic zirconia rings done in Celtic designs.
Celtic Wedding Ring Sets
A great option for couples who want matching rings are Celtic wedding ring sets. They can be easily found at many online wedding ring specialty retailers. If not bought in a set, men’s Celtic wedding rings can sometimes be hard to find. Buying a Celtic wedding ring set can solve that problem, and also sometimes can provide a money savings also when both rings are bought at the same time.
The best advice I can give jewelry shoppers is always shop with reputable retailers when buying valuable jewelry. Also, always look for and understand return policies. This is especially important when shopping online, to minimize future problems if the ring is not what you expected, or you just plain don’t like it. As I see it though, it would be very hard not to like gorgeous, stylish Celtic wedding rings!