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Information About Celtic Design
Celtic Art patterns are found in ancient Celtic, Roman, Egyptian and Greek art. These beautiful configurations have decorated wood, stone, writings and jewelry. Celtic designs reveal interweaving patterns which appear, and are often referred to, as knotwork. Looking closely you see there is no knot in the sometimes intricate patterns but an interlaced design; loops with no beginning or end. The only time you will find loose ends in celtic art is in an animal-type design where the ends are fashioned by spirals or other designs to end as hands, feet, tail, etc.
The beautiful, unending art patterns, passed down for generations are known for continual trust and devotion... never-ending love... continuous life...
We are certain you will find Celtic Designs within our store for you and loved ones to hold near your heart and to pass on to your generations.
Claddagh mostly known for the design of the Irish heart and hands design actually refers to a small fishing village of Galway in West Ireland. Legends tell of Galway seafarer, Richard Joyce, who was kidnapped by pirates and sold as a slave in North Africa where he learned the skill of goldsmithing. When Joyce was released from slavery, he returned to his adored Galway to become a master goldsmith and created the 'Claddagh' ring which has been a popular wedding ring of the Claddagh village for centuries.
The Claddagh design is known for friendship, union, engagement and weddings. A bit of info on the meaning of the symbol when worn as a ring:
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