Celtic Jewelry - A Beautiful Mystery Unraveled

Celtic jewelry like the Celts themselves has a rich history and a proud tradition. Immensely beautiful with intricate Celtic symbols and delicate designs, Celtic cross jewelry, Celtic knot jewelry, and beautiful Claddaugh rings have been admired and desired for thousands of years.

Celtic Cross Jewelry

One of the most enduring, and coveted "gifts" of Celtic culture is jewelry featuring the Celtic Cross. According to Irish legend, St. Patrick created the first Celtic cross by drawing a circle over a Latin cross.

For an Irish Catholic, the circle in the Celtic cross may be a symbol of eternity and the endlessness of God's love. It can even represent a halo emanating from Christ.

Some say the four "arms" of the Celtic Cross represent the elements (fire, earth, air, and water). Others believe the cross denotes the four directions of the compass, and still others feel it is a representation of human existence - mind, body, soul and heart.

Celtic Knots

The most distinguishing characteristic of Celtic knots is their intricate patterns and design…and the debate as to the meaning of those designs. While it is unquestionable that many of the ancient designs had some significance, those meanings changed from tribe to tribe and location to location.

Many believe that the intricate looping in knots was a way to keep out evil spirits. It is also generally accepted that the looping Celtic knot design denotes eternity and interconnectedness. Still, there is no definitive guide as to the meaning of Celtic knots which, adds, perhaps to their mystery and appeal.

Claddagh Rings

Named for the town of Claddagh near Galway in which they are said to have originated, Claddagh rings are beloved Celtic symbols of Irish culture and sentiment. Unlike other Celtic symbols, the meaning behind the Claddagh ring is well-documented. The Claddagh design has a heart (symbolizing love) topped by a crown (symbolizing loyalty) held in two hands (signifying friendship). The phrase that is usually associated with the giving of a Claddagh ring is "Let love and friendship reign."

It's not surprise that the Claddagh is a popular marriage band. In Celtic times, it was worn on the right hand with the heart turned outward to show that the wearer is unattached or with the heart turned inward to show he/she was "spoken for." If the Claddagh ring is worn on the left hand with the heart turned inward, it shows that two loves have been joined in marriage.

Celtic Then and Now

At one time, Celtic people could be found throughout Eastern and Central Europe, as well as in the British Isles, where the earliest examples of Celtic jewelry originate. The emergence of the powerful Roman Empire encroached on the lifestyle, traditions, and homeland of the Celts who were forced to move to abandon their homes and relocate in remote areas in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Cornwall in southern England.

Despite their hardships at the hands of the Romans, Celts endured, thrived…and continued to produce Celtic jewelry. The tradition has remained strong for centuries. Irish Celtic jewelry and Scottish Celtic jewelry have enjoyed a huge resurgence in their homelands and with "ex-pats" around the world, as people seek to rediscover and celebrate their cultural traditions.

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Red Accent Marks - Business Women's Guide to Fashion

In the business world, women are making their mark when it comes to fashion and style. They are stepping into the boardrooms and heading meetings with a chic and glamorous presences. Professional women are bending the rules and taking fashion risks that are making a profitable return. The color red is just one of the colors that women are using to enhance their everyday look. Red is bright, vibrant, energetic and striking when incorporated to any business ensemble. The color is a symbol of power and boldness while still being considered feminine. This primary color adds a bit of flair without compromise.

Listed below are ways that professional women can incorporate red into their everyday wardrobes for fashion and style success.

Over the Top

Red is such a fun color to use for accessories in the hair as well as jewelry. It can be striking and bring attention to a woman's face. Red accessories in the hair include headbands, scarves and barrettes. Women can even play with shapes and designs as well as other accent colors along with their red accessories. Red jewelry could include ruby earrings, beaded earrings and necklaces, or glass/crystal designs for a modern and eclectic feel.

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Red Highlighter

Red is also a fantastic color for highlighting an outfit or ensemble. Women can wear an all black suit and pair it with a red, skinny, shinny belt and red pumps. Or, a woman can wear a black and white suite and match it with a red scarf, red belt and red shoes. Women can wear a red blouse that is silk or has lace trip for a more elegant feel. The red provides a high contrast to the outfit that is bold and not loud. It also serves as a splash of color to a once dull or plain outfit. Women can also wear red purses and tote bags to complete their outfits. These bags can be great for work or for after work events. There are different shades of red to choose from and women should pick brighter reds for daytime and deep tones of reds for evening, social or formal events.

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