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Celtic silver jewelry traces its roots from the second millennium BC to the first century BC. Celtic silver jewelry has been inspired by Celtic art, which was given to us by a race known as the Celts. Celt - a member of an early Indo-European people had spread over much of Europe creating an art form that is both unique and timeless.
The Pagan mythology shows that celtic silver jewelry played an important role in the society. Jewelry has been worn since ancient times by people of all cultures for personal adornment, as badges of social or official rank, and as emblems of religious, social, or political affiliation.
Jewelry has been worn by men as well to protect themselves
from snakes, ghosts, sorcery, bad luck, the evil eye and probably
bill collectors. In the Mediaeval era jewelry increasingly
became an integral part of dress and was worn in the form
of necklaces and girdles, on hairnets, and sewn onto clothes.
Among Celtic silver jewelry the most popular are earrings, pendants, brooches, and bracelets, which are of various types and shapes, usually made of metals. The Celtic cross is probably Ireland's most famous symbol of Celtic artistry. Celtic rings are also very popular and available in many different styles for both ladies and gents. Celtic craftsmen adapted ideas from nature to produce intricate designs based on simple motifs using gold, bronze, and silver.
Jewelry making it has evolved from the time of primitive man fashioning a stone or any other object into a wearable personal statement, to today's jeweler who combines a variety of metals and gemstones into an object of desire. In our days jewelry although produced with the benefits technological advances, still finds it's origin in the imagination of the jeweler.
Whether you are selecting a manufactured mounting or choosing to design a ring to accommodate your specific needs craftsmanship is an integral part of the design process. One should remember that design must conform to the technical realities of the manufacturing process, as well as the practical realities of wearability.
Certainly, jewelry can make a huge difference in other people's perception of you. It has as much impact on your appearance as any other wardrobe item. Jewelry will bring years of wearing pleasure with proper care and cleaning. Educating people about their jewelry is an important step to prevent damage jewelry mountings.
Celtic silver jewelry masters created wonderful and sophisticated ornaments: Triskeles, Spirals, Animal Motifs and later Crosses were woven into Celtic Knotwork designs, which were woven into rings, torcs, bracelets, earrings, brooches and pendants. Irish Jewelry has changed dramatically in recent years with many news and exciting contemporary designs to compliment traditional favorite such as Celtic silver jewelry.