These unique engagement rings integrate symbolism and designs with the ancient Celtic people. Their language and traditions live in Ireland primarily but also in Scotland. When looking at Celtic engagement rings you will see that the designs will often integrate an array of knots that are endless, which symbolize eternity. Two of the reasons that Celtic knots are so popular as engagement rings are for their symbolic nature and their beauty. The unique symbolism that is behind many of the Celtic designs used for engagement rings are not known but this has not stopped anyone from seeing the rings as an appropriate symbol for their love.
There is one design that, from the beginning, has meant to be a sign of flourishing love. This design is the Claddagh design. This design features a band that is designed as two hands holding a heart. The Claddagh design is thought to be the most original of all Celtic designed engagement rings. This design originated from Claddagh, a small fishing village located near Ireland’s Galway city. Many times a crown tops the heart in this design.
There are several symbolic reasons associated with this design. If you wear it on your right hand with the heart facing outward this means you are searching for a match. With the heart facing inward on your right hand means that the person is with someone but the couple is not engaged. When the woman receives a proposal the ring would be put on the left hand. The function and design of a Claddagh ring makes a wonderful illustration of how the couple goes from friendship to marriage. This is why it has been a choice for an diamond engagement rings for hundreds of years.
There are also deviations on the endless knot such as taking the form of a stylized design of an animal or plant, a complex grind, or other shapes. The one that is mostly used is the eternal knot. The eternal knot is one that simply interweaves within itself. There is no starting or ending point. The reason that this is a popular symbol used for engagement rings is that it shows the couples continuing love for each other. There is another variation of the eternal knot called the triquetra. This design resembles a triangle that has been rounded-out and has three points.
This design has been seen as the symbolism of Christian Trinity. Sometimes this particular design is found on the back of the engagement ring as an endless knot weaved into several designs. You may also see the Celtic cross on the Celtic rings. It is a cross and circle that are connected to each other, symbolizing the never-ending love of the couples.