Artifacts & Customs of Those Wild Ancient Celts

If you want to know more about some of the most ancient, most original and purest Celtic designs in jewelry and all sorts of other things, we’ve got just the website for you. Balkancelts is a cool blog that looks back at Celtic icons and art from Eastern Europe and Asia Minor. The Celts, remember, did not only exist in Ireland. In fact, they really emerged from continental Europe and simply wound up in Ireland near the end of their long cultural and military reign. Balcancelts covers ancient fortresses in Serbia, coins, jewelry and other artifacts, along with historical tidbits like the observation by Greek writers that ancient Celts considered it “honorable to eat their dead fathers and to openly have intercourse, not only with unrelated women, but with their mothers and sisters as well.” My my – we knew the Celts were a wild bunch...

Irish Promise Rings – A Tradition That’s Beautiful And A Bit Quirky

The meaning of promise rings is beautiful, unique or a little bit odd, depending on your viewpoint. The most popular Irish promise ring by far is the Claddagh ring. It’s hands, heart and crown design is associated with a story of two lovers staying true to each other in spite of a long separation. But while Claddagh rings are often used as wedding bands, they’re also exchanged by lovers who are still a long way from marriage and by people who simply want to celebrate a close friendship. Here, There & EverywhereThe idea of the promise ring has gradually spread far beyond the Irish world. You’ll find lots of them listed on jewelry sites today that have no connection to Irish culture or any other culture for that matter. But what do they mean? Wikipedia says a promise ring is often “the first token of a serious relationship that is...

Tiffany Calls Infinity Symbols A Key Fashion Trend For Fall 2015 Jewelry

The venerable jeweler Tiffany and Company is looking forward to fall 2015 and saying that pieces with infinity symbols will be a key fashion trend. The company’s design director Francesca Amfitheatrof is talking about revitalizing several key lines, including an infinity series that’s “inspired by the continuous energy and vitality of the ancient symbol,” adding that the traditional knot design fits “seamlessly into everyday style” for contemporary women. Nobody loves infinity symbols more than Celtic jewelry designers and collectors. The trinity knots, triskels and other “endless” designs have long been popular gifts for those who want to express their commitment to marriage or friendship that goes on forever. Have a look at these examples from the Celts, the original creators of infinity...