Five Contemporary Celtic Jewelers You Should Know About

By Bob Werber Like you, we love to spend time shopping the web for the most unique and interesting pieces of Irish jewelry. Today we’re excited about the A-team of very contemporary jewelers we’re seeing grow in Ireland. Their designs mix deco, ancient, eastern and other motifs with an Celtic sensibility that's totally classic and strikingly modern at the same time. Some pieces we particularly like: Enibas has boutiques in the Schull and Kinsale, two wonderful spots in West Cork. The name is an inversion of the top designer’s name Sabine, who started out in 1993. Enibas has a nice diverse line pendants, necklaces, cufflinks and more. We love this shops sleek, simple take on a Claddagh ring: …and a more modern 3-piece stacking “Croí álainn” ring in silver, gold and diamonds, also from Enibas. Yvonne Ryan is young...

Finding The Best Celtic Wedding Ring

Your wedding day is the best of all moments to express eternal devotion and loyalty, and there are no better symbols to do that than the knot and Claddagh designs on Celtic wedding rings. It’s little wonder that they’re incredibly popular with couples who want to bring style and symbolism to their big day. Celtic knots trace back to the book of Kells in Dublin and have become associated with spirituality. The continuous nature of the knots expresses a sense of endlessness and eternal promise. Often intertwined with hearts, the knots are widely accepted today as a symbol of love. (Learn more about the symbolism behind Celtic knots here) Mo Anam Cara is another type of popular celtic wedding ring. The phrase translates literally from the old Irish as "my soul mate." The old world Celts actually believed that it was necessary to find you...

Why Titanium Is An Awesome Material For Jewelry

“Wow, is that some kind of silver?” Nowadays more and more the answer is “No, it’s titanium.” The material is a conversation starter because it’s still new enough that many people aren’t aware of it yet. But it’s grown in popularity quickly enough that you can find a wide range of classic and modern jewelry pieces. You’ll tend to find them from specialty jewelry makers. That’s because titanium requires a very different manufacturing process. And since it’s only been used to make jewelry since the 1990’s, it’s not something every jewelry maker has mastered. Titanium has some unique properties. It’s sleek surface, which can be done in a polished, matte or satin, looks great with all kinds of inlays and stone settings. A wide variety of rings (including lots of wedding rings), in particular, have been developed...