When it’s time to symbolize your commitment to your loved one, look into the ornate and intricate beauty of a Celtic engagement ring. With woven strands of gold or silver, Celtic engagement rings work from the knot work patterns of classical embroidery and calligraphy, used in the Book of Kells and other traditional sources.
As with any engagement ring, ones in the Celtic style showcase a deeper commitment, that this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. The intricate series of knots, with no beginning or end, showcases the never ending cycle of two people joining into one union of heart, mind and spirit…and they lend a bit of a visual context to the phrase “tying the knot”.
All that said, there’s a lot of choice to be had in the basic engagement ring motif. Types of Celtic engagement rings include the lover’s knot – two knotwork patterns that link to form one, and the most common type. For traditionalists, the knots can include knotwork animals in the filigree pattern. In the Celtic tradition, specific animals were messengers from the otherworld.
The Catholic Church tried to assimilate many Celtic traditions when they moved to Ireland in the 6th Century AD. They incorporated many Celtic themes into their artwork, most notably the knotted cross or Celtic cross. Usually a knotwork with a circular adornment over the crosspiece, the Celtic cross has religious symbolism that’s common and comforting to many Christians.
A third type of Celtic engagement ring is the Claddagh ring or Celtic band, which weaves several strands of metal into one unified whole that emphasizes connection and love. This type of ring is the most common one to incorporate a gemstone or an engraving.
The material your Celtic engagement rings are made out of will vary – while silver and gold are the traditional materials for engagement rings, period, because of their softness, they tend to be less than perfect choices for the intricate designs of Celtic engagement rings. Most jewelers will make rings in this pattern out of titanium and then electroplate gold over it, as titanium is a much more durable metal.
Just remember that Celtic engagement rings aren’t an “off the rack” purchase. Most of them are made to order, and not always made from “high production molds”. This makes the process of buying them a bit more involved – there are longer lead times, and they tend to be more expensive than a comparable conventional engagement ring. So, keep these factors in mind when you purchase Celtic engagement rings.