When it comes to finding the perfect gift for a loved one, Celtic jewelry can be a unique thing to choose from. There are a lot of different choices out there nowadays so it is a good idea to find something that you know your loved one is going to appreciate. A lot of people may also be confused regarding the difference between Celtic jewelry and Irish jewelry. The differences regarding these two items are mostly historic, so it is a good idea to read up on these before you decide to go shopping for that new birthday or Christmas gift.
Celtic jewelry refers to jewelry that was inspired by the Celts, their religion and their culture. The Celts were an ethnic group that originated in Europe and settled in a number of different countries around the continent. Indeed there are many countries that still maintain a "Celtic" identity. One of the most famous of these is Ireland, where the Celtics lived for thousands of years. Other Celtic countries include Wales, Scotland, Cornwall, parts of France like Brittany and even parts of Spain such as Galicia. France, which was once known as Gaul, was a country full of Celts. As a result this ethnic group was pretty wide and diverse and therefore the word "Celtic" does not necessarily mean Irish.
Irish jewelry is something different. It is jewelry that is inspired by Irish culture, language and traditions. Of course there are a lot of different Irish styles, customs and designs that are directly descended from the Celts. Indeed, the Celts never truly left Ireland. Instead they integrated into the populace and became a part of it. As a result there is often a lot of confusion between the different types of jewelry.
There is a lot of religious jewelry that comes from Ireland that is directly influenced by Celtic culture and customs. Religious texts during the Middle Ages were usually drawn with different Celtic-inspired designs. Indeed, there are many different Celtic crosses that can be seen dotted across Ireland's landscape. The influence of the Celts remains strong to this day and can even be seen in their churches.
It is easy to understand why someone would get mixed up between the two, but it is important to make the distinction between what is just Celtic and what is Irish Celtic. There is also a lot of Celtic jewelry that comes from places like Spain and France. This type of jewelry is usually going to have its own history and be influenced by customs from those countries.
If you are looking for something for a person who wishes to celebrate his or her Irish heritage, then it is a good idea to look for Irish Celtic jewelry and make the distinction there. There are a lot of other choices out there as well, so make sure to take a look through all of them. You will be bound to find something out there for someone.
… written by Cherie Swift, an Ireland native who moved to the US when she was 5. Since then, she has enjoyed sharing her Irish traditions and family heritage with her friends and writing audience.