We take a look at the trends in Celtic jewelry from the traditional to the contemporary.

There has been a steady rise in the popularity of vintage themed weddings in recent years. The proliferation of social media may have had a hand in this as people joined Pinterest and Facebook in their droves in trying to gain inspiration for their wedding theme. These outlets have expanded people’s minds in terms of opening up new ideas that perhaps may have not been thought of by an individual before.

Contemporary twist on a traditional Claddagh Rin

Jewelry

Of course, jewelry plays an important role in most weddings. The engagement is symbolized by the exchange of an engagement ring and at the wedding the couple usually exchange wedding rings. Trends have also progressed whereby more men are now choosing to wear their wedding rings, often as a statement of fashion as well as a statement of love and commitment.

Resurgence

Yellow gold jewelry was really popular in the 1980’s but it is now seeing a huge surge in popularity, probably due in some way to an element of celebrity influence coupled with the rise of the vintage theme. Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Leann Rimes and Halle Berry are just some of these well known names who have been spotted with gold engagement or gold wedding jewelry .

The Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh ring, a tradition started in Ireland, is a really traditional piece of jewelry and would fit a vintage theme really well. It is a wonderful symbol of love which is ideal for use in a wedding or even just as a gift to a loved one. The history of the Claddagh ring is legendary with the story telling us of how a fishing boat from a Galway village was captured by pirates and the crew taken and sold as slaves. One of the crew, Richard Joyce (who was due to be married that very week) was sold to a Turkish Gold Smith. During his years in captivity he never forgot his love back home and so he made a ring of gold for her which today is known as the famous Claddagh ring. The tradition is to wear the ring on the right hand. If you have the crown turned inwards, it indicates to people that you are not in a relationship. When the crown is turned outwards, it is clear that a love is being considered.