Originating in India as a sign of sexual union, this earth center symbol for the pre-Christian Celts came to symbolize the universe quartered by the cross and the Sun King crucified. This symbol was so common in pre-Christian Ireland that it is alleged St. Patrick saw it as a sign that the Celts were ready for Christianity.
Small: $50 Code:096 (23X15mm or 0.9"X0.6")
Medium: $60 Code:097 (31X20mm or 1.2"X0.8")
Large: $80 Code:356 (42X26mm or 1.6"X1.0")
Small: $250 Code:096au (23X15mm or 0.9"X0.6")
Medium: $380 Code:097au (31X20mm or 1.2"X0.8")
Large: $610 Code:356au (42X26mm or 1.6"X1.0")
The citrine represents the sun/son of man/sun king; the moonstones the four phases of the moon as the journey through life of all suns and sons. On top of this earth center/Christian cross one can clearly see the layers of thought from celestial to and through Indian and pagan; to and through Western Christianity. A complex and beautiful piece!
This is a married metal technique, where the gold circle elements, symbolizing the sun, are flush soldered to the sterling silver Celtic cross, which symbolizes the earth. The emerald, apart from being the stone of the Emerald Isle with which Celtic crosses are associated, is also an earth symbol. Note: the prices are for AA faceted genuine emerald. We can also get lab grown emeralds, gorgeous Chatham lab grown emeralds and (of course) other green stones in facted or cabochon versions. Email us for more information.
The equal arms of this form of the Celtic cross refer to the traditional use of crosses at crossroads. This is also the form of the Celtic cross made and used by Celts, not Indo-Eurasians.
On the left is a cross made from a tattoo design. Mark will do similarly intricate work if you'll pay the opthamologist's bill :) On the right this fabulous cross is composed of six layers of silver: three layers of two, flush soldered to one another, then soldered into this arrangement. These two crosses are examples of the larger and more complex custom work that Mark can do. Work like this costs $600 and up.
75X45mm or 3.0"X1.8"
45X45mm or 1.5" diameter
Brigit or Brigid was a goddess of Irish Mythology and her cross probably predates the Christian attribution to the 6th Century Brigid of Kildare. It is said that Brigid of Kildare, visiting a pagan Irish chieftain in the delirium of his deathbed, calmed him and then baptized him by weaving this cross from the rushes on the floor. To this day Brigid's Cross is usually woven from rushes and hung to ward off evil. Brigid, the goddess, is the goddess of poetry, craftsmanship and wisdom. This multilayered and engraved pendant is a tribute to Brigit in all her manifestations.
Medium: $85 Code:1449 (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $115 Code:1450 (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Extra Large: $150 Code:1451 (45X45mm or 1.8" diameter)
Medium: $410 Code:1449au (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $550 Code:1450au (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Extra Large: $825 Code:1451au (45X45mm or 1.8" diameter)
Of all of the endless (or unicursal) knots that we do, the Celtic knot, one of the first, is the one with no meaning! There is no evidence to indicate that this knot had any specific philosophical or religious significance beyond perhaps the most obvious: that being the capability of humans to produce intricate work, which is itself reflective of the intricacy of natural forms. Celtic knots have been found in Irish pre-Christian archeological sites of 450 ACE and maybe earlier.
Small: $50 Code:099 (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $60 Code:098 (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $80 Code:364 (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Small: $300 Code:099au (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $480 Code:098au (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $770 Code:364au (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
These 14kt gold Celtic knot earrings with 14kt gold endless hoops are made from lighter gold sheet than the equivalent pendant - because they're earrings, silly! We make these earrings out of argentium sterling silver also. In argentium they would be twice the price of an individual celtic knot, plus $5 each for the hoops. You can have these - or any of our earrings - as regular dangles or as posts. Do email us about earrings! We love to make earrings!
Here a braid of Celtic knotwork encircles a malachite. This design takes large stones; email us with your choice.
The Celtic knot heart symbolizes endless love in the endless cycle of the seasons and the endless seamlessness of life. Its similarity in shape to the triquetra makes it sacred to the goddess also.
Small: $50 Code:908 (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $60 Code:536 (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $80 Code:537 (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Small: $280 Code:908au (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $460 Code:536au (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $740 Code:537au (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
The Celtic pentagram is a typical Celtic design of the simpler sort and reflects the early Celt's life view: everything from birth to death, from wonderful to horrifying is interwoven into one seamless journey of birth/life/death/rebirth.
Though we can't do an extra small in this design, we can do an extra large. Email us why don't you?
Small: $50 Code:909 (22X22mm or 0.9" diameter)
Medium: $60 Code:535 (29X29mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $80 Code:311 (39X39mm or 1.5" diameter)
Extra Large: $110 Code:465 (45X45mm or 1.8" diameter)
Small: $200 Code:909au (22X22mm or 0.9" diameter)
Medium: $300 Code:535au (29X29mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $650 Code:311au (39X39mm or 1.5" diameter)
In Irish mythology, the aos sí , older form aes sídhe, are a supernatural race comparable to the fairies or elves. They are said to live underground in the fairy mounds, across the western sea, or in an invisible world that coexists with the world of humans.
In folk belief and practice, the aos sí are often propitiated with offerings, and care is taken to avoid angering or insulting them. Often they are not named directly, but rather spoken of as "The Good Neighbors," "The Fair Folk," or simply "The Folk". The most common names for them, aos sí, aes sídhe, and daoine sídhe mean, literally, "people of peace". The aos sí are generally described as stunningly beautiful, though they can also be terrible and hideous
'Sidhe' btw is pronounced 'Shee.'
Small: $50 Code:1151 (24X20mm or 0.95" by 0.8")
Medium: $60 Code:1152 (32X26mm or 1.3" by 1.1")
Large: $80 Code:1153 (42X34mm or 1.6" by 1.4")
Small: $225 Code:1151au (24X20mm or 0.95" by 0.8")
Medium: $375 Code:1152au (32X26mm or 1.3" by 1.1")
Large: $600 Code:1153au (42X34mm or 1.6" by 1.4")
This Celtic knot design signifies the three aspects of the goddess.The three yoni shapes are interwoven with the circle of the divine - the universe. The whole piece is an endless knot referring to the goddess (which means any woman, as we're all goddesses) as young woman; mother and wise woman. The yonic properties of this ancient symbol - Norse or Celtic - didn't stop the Christians from claiming it as a symbol of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). This appropriation was particularly easy because the triquetra happens to incorporate a Christian shape - the Piscean fish. The triquetra has been found on runestones in northern Europe and on early Scandinavian coins. It presumably had pagan religious meaning and may have, like the valknut, been a symbol of Odin.
This is also one of the Led Zeppelin symbols. The other three are the triple ring, Zoso and feather. The triquetra is John Paul Jones' (and you know who he is, right?) symbol. He took it from a book of runes in which it symbolized a person with confidence and competence. Jones also claimed that it represented an exorcism - but he said that to irritate the occultist Jimmy Page.
You can have the triquetra in argentium sterling silver or 14kt gold and with or without a stone (cabochon or faceted). The two stones shown here are a cabochon moonstone on the left and a synthetic emerald on the right. If you have an affinity with a certain attribute of the goddess and would like a particular stone please email us.
Small: $50 Code:081 (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $60 Code:080 (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $80 Code:811 (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Small: $225 Code:081au (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $450 Code:080au (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $710 Code:811au (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Small: $60 Code:081st (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $75 Code:080st (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $100 Code:811st (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Small: $65 Code:081fcst (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $80 Code:080fcst (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $110 Code:811fcst (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Both of the triquetras below have three goddess stones set on them: at the top a moonstone, signifying purity or maidenhood; a garnet at one corner, symbolizing motherhood, the menstrual cycle and sexual energy; and at the other corner an onyx (or hematite), signifying the crone and the wise woman. A common Greek triple goddess is Persephone as the Maiden, purity and new beginnings; Demeter as the Mother, wellspring of life, giving and compassionate and Hecate as the Crone, wise, knowing, a culmination of a lifetime of experience. The crone usually associated with Persephone and Demeter in the Eleusinian Mysteries however is Baubo, a goddess of coarse and obscene jest rather than wisdom - or maybe that is her wisdom! These goddesses, when grouped together, also represent the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth.
Now this is cool - 3's of 3's of 3's: the celebration of life's thresholds (birth, marriage and death) was, from early times, in the hands of women. That men do it now is a fairly recent repression ('recent' meaning last thousand years or so). The Three Fates, the Three Graces and the Three Furies were said to be sisters. The women who presided over the blessing of the child at birth, who had also acted as the midwives were serving the Fates. When these women performed the traditional dances and songs for the blessing at weddings, and also acted as bridesmaids, they served the Graces. Finally, when they fulfilled the role of professional mourners and preparers of the dead they served the Furies.
We can only make this piece in a medium and a large. But you can have your choice of stones - email us.
Medium: $90 Code:812 (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter )
Large: $110 Code:813 (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter )
Medium: $540 Code:812au ( 27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $850 Code:813au (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
The triskelion (it has many spellings) is a symbol consisting of three interlocked spirals, or any similar symbol with three protrusions and a threefold rotational symmetry. The triskelion is the symbol of Sicily, where it is called Trisceli, of The Isle of Man and it is a symbol of Brittany. The Sicilian and Manx triskelions feature three running legs, bent at the knee, conjoined at the crotch. The relation of the legged triskele to other variants is unclear but spiral forms of the triskele are often classed as solar symbols, while the legged version, sometimes including a gorgon mask or Medusa's head at the central axle point in the Sicilian version, suggests a chthonic significance. Got that?
The Celtic symbol of three conjoined spirals may well have had triple significance similar to the imagery that lies behind the triskelion. The spiral motif is a Neolithic symbol in Western Europe: it is carved into the rock of a stone lozenge near the main entrance of the prehistoric Newgrange in County Meath, Ireland. Because of its Celtic associations, it is also used as a symbol of Brittany. That rock carving looks exactly like our triskelion.
Small: $50 Code:818 (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $60 Code:819 (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $80 Code:820 (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Small: $210 Code:818au (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $350 Code:819au (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $560 Code:820au (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
A fabulous iteration of the triskelion sent to us by a customer (we get all our good ideas from our customers). In the center is a tube set red pyrope garnet - but the prices are for a cabochon stone. We can set any stone you want - email us.
The triple spiral was possibly the precursor to later triskele designs. What the symbol meant to the pagans who built Newgrange and other monuments is unknown but in more recent history, Celtic Christians have used it to represent the Christian Trinity. Neopagan religions such as Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism and Wicca use the symbol to represent a variety of triplicities from their belief systems.
A triple spiral may represent the nine month period of human pregnancy, since the sun takes a fourth of a year to go from the celestial equator (an equinox) to extreme north or south declination (a solstice), and vice versa. During each three-month period, the sun's path across the sky appears to form a closely-wound quasi-helical shape which can be likened to a spiral, so that three spirals could represent nine months, providing an explanation for a link between fertility and the triple-spiral symbol. Now isn't that cool!
Interestingly triskeles are also a bdsm emblem. See our version.
Small: $50 Code:002 (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $60 Code:001 (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $80 Code:823 (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Small: $280 Code:002au (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $460 Code:001au (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $720 Code:823au (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Also known as the triskele, this is a pagan symbol found frequently in Celtic and pre-Celtic art that refers to the threefold nature of the goddess as virgin, mother and crone. This dynamic triple armed design can be found in variations both in the East and the West. In the East it is known as the Mitsu Tomoe. In fact, three armed designs are everywhere, spanning time and cultures. This one has a stone in the middle and OF COURSE you can have any stone you want!
The prices for the 14kt gold triskelion in circle with stone are for a piece with a synthetic stone much, much less expensive than the AAA faceted blue sapphire that is pictured. Sapphires, like rubies, diamonds and emeralds, are some of the most expensive stones in the world. For example, a AA facted sapphire for the large 14kt triskelion in circle costs $1100 by itself! Crazy. It is, of course possible to put any stone, cabochon or faceted, in the center of the triskelion in circle. Email us for other stones.
Small: $60 Code:002s (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $75 Code:001s (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $100 Code:823s( 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Small: $325 Code:002aus (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $510 Code:001aus (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $790 Code:823aus (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
A diamond looks just spectacular in the center of a triskelion in circle! We use a 10 point diamond on the extra small 14kt gold triskelion; a 15 point on the small; a 25 point on the small+; a 33 point on the medium- and (for you big spenders) a 40 point on the medium! We use SI1 (eye clean face up, slightly included, visible under a 10 power loupe), round brilliant, good cut, color G - H diamonds. And we only buy diamonds that are certified conflict free. We will give you the best diamond you can afford - the specs above are where we start. We can, of course, have the triskelion facing either to the left or the right and we can make this piece as post or dangle earrings. If you'd like this design modified in any way, or perhaps have the Triskelion 2 (above) with a diamond- email us.
This is a split-band ring - open style, with a high quality (AAA grade) natural cornflower blue sapphire in the center. That stone added an extra $50 (to the $250) to the price of this ring. To buy a ring Email us.
Here's a triskelion ring made in a split-band style but with a solid background. Over time the textured silver oxidizes and the contrast between the background and the symbol increases.
This pair of earrings match the ring above and I cannot remember how I managed to find 3 spectacular cornflower blue sapphire cabochons like that! The prices given are for more prosaic (no less lovely of course) stones. Single earring is available - likes long walks on the beach, quiet nights in front of a roaring fire.
Many of our symbols can be made into low-domed bar and chain or torpedo style cuff links. Here the high shine triskelions in circle are flush soldered to textured argentium backings.
See here for more cufflinks.
Herne is said to have been a huntsman in the employ of King Richard II (reigned 1377-1399) in and around Windsor Forest. He saved the King's life when he was attacked by a cornered white hart, but was mortally wounded himself in the process. A local wizard brought him back to health using his magickal powers, which entailed tying the dead animal's antlers onto Herne's head. In return, however, Herne had to give up his hunting skills. The other king's huntsmen, jealous that he had saved the king, framed him as a thief and he lost the king's favour. He was found the next day, hanging dead from a lone oak tree. Why so mean, humans?
It seems that this tale comes from a much older one about the Angles who settled England in the Middle Ages. Woden, who was depicted as horned, rode across the night sky with his own Wild Hunt and hanged himself on an ash tree in order to learn the runic alphabet. The name 'Herne' is probably derived from the name 'Herian' a name used for Woden as leader of the slain and of the Wild Hunt.
From the ancient Egyptian God Osiris, regarded as a corn deity and commonly depicted with a green face representing vegetation, rebirth and resurrection, to many gods from Odin and even the Christian Jesus, as well as later folkloric and literary characters such as the Green Knight, John Barleycorn, the Holly King, Green George, Jack in the Green, Robin Goodfellow, Puck and Tammuz of the Mesopotamians, the Green Man is thought by some to symbolize the triumph of Green Life over Winter and Death. He is renewal and rebirth - and a little scary too with all that 'life' in him: see The Green Knight and Swamp Thing!
Our version is a three layered piece, intricate and delightful. He has to have stones for eyes (these are faceted peridots) and you can have whatever stones you want. Email us.
The Green Man makes a fabulous signet ring. All Green Men rings are custom so there are individual differences between the faces. The smallest size we make the pendant is 27 mm but the table of this ring is a mere 20 mm! There are two of the rings pictured here. The one above has a Green Man with tiny faceted peridot eyes, 14k gold accents here and there and branches on the side. The one below has faceted sapphire eyes and 14k red gold accents and more leaf work around the back of the ring.It also has a sigil on the inside of the table, a secret. Like all our rings, these signets are fabricated, not cast, so they are very strong. You could have a version of this ring though not an exact copy. Prices start at $500, less if there's no gold. Email us for more information.
The Claddagh ring, which stands for love, loyalty, and friendship, so called because it was originally made in the Irish village of Claddagh, derives from the Roman fede rings, which were clasped hand rings symbolizing a vow pledged. You can read about all the complicated symbolismand history of the Claddagh ring here on Wikipedia. Our ring omits some of the elements like the crown and adds the Celtic braid style knotwork.
Just about any of our Celtic Knot rings can be made like this Claddagh ring, that is open and not backed. To buy a ring email us.
Celtic-style bands and bands with Celtic knot work and other symbols are some of our most popular wedding and committment rings. There is another page dedicated to Celtic knot work that shows the various knots we use. Check it out! More Celtic knot rings HERE.
This knotwork is found in the Book of Kells and shows the interweaving of two lines, a fitting metaphor for committment or marriage. Flush soldered to argentium sterling silver this type of knotwork can also have a rim at the top and bottom. This ring costs $250 and up.
Here the Celtic band ring is set with a blue moonstone inside of a heart knot. Any stone, faceted or cabochon, may be placed in a ring like this. Without the stone rings like this run $250 in argentium sterling silver, with the stone adding at least another $25.
This is a more open style of knotwork that we developed for rings from another border in the Book of Kells. Again the knotwork is high shine, the ring textured for contrast.
In this case the ring was given a hand made settng for the faceted synthetic emerald the customer requested. A ring similar to this would cost $250, or more depending on the stone.
These bands featured a dragon on one side of a bezel set faceted amethyst, a wolf on the other and celtic knotwork of the crossing knot style running around the back of the ring. On this side you can see the dragon.
The following rings, which are karat gold or karat gold and argentium sterling silver vary in price depending on ring size. If you'd like a quote for a ring or a set of rings, send us your ring size(s) in North American Standard or whatever standard is used where you live (we convert!) and we can give you an estimate. Most rings require design time and hence a design fee for an exact quote. If you'd like to see an example of a ring design, look here.
Celtic band work, gold on silver, is popular and we have developed a series of different interlacements. This is the open knot style in 14kt gold, with a fine large faceted aquamarine in the center.
Here's Celtic braid knotwork in 14kt gold on argentium sterling silver. The silver background is bur-finish textured, the gold high shine and stamped to create the plaiting illusion. Rings like this run from $400 and up depending on size and complexity.
The famous Claddagh symbol, an Irish symbol for friendship and love was modified here by the customer, replacing the usual heart with a Dharmachakra (Buddhist Wheel of the Teachings) symbol. Celtic braid work completes the ring. In 14kt gold on sterling silver rings like this run $500 and up depending on size and complexity.