Celtic Jewelry

Written by Sam Serio

Celtic jewelry likerepparttar 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 ofrepparttar 145839 most enduring, and coveted "gifts" of Celtic culture is jewelry featuringrepparttar 145840 Celtic Cross. According to Irish legend, St. Patrick createdrepparttar 145841 first Celtic cross by drawing a circle over a Latin cross. For an Irish Catholic,repparttar 145842 circle inrepparttar 145843 Celtic cross may be a symbol of eternity andrepparttar 145844 endlessness of God's love. It can even represent a halo emanating from Christ. Some sayrepparttar 145845 four "arms" ofrepparttar 145846 Celtic Cross representrepparttar 145847 elements (fire, earth, air, and water). Others believerepparttar 145848 cross denotesrepparttar 145849 four directions ofrepparttar 145850 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…andrepparttar 145851 debate as torepparttar 145852 meaning of those designs. While it is unquestionable that many ofrepparttar 145853 ancient designs had some significance, those meanings changed from tribe to tribe and location to location. Many believe thatrepparttar 145854 intricate looping in knots was a way to keep out evil spirits. It is also generally accepted thatrepparttar 145855 looping Celtic knot design denotes eternity and interconnectedness. Still, there is no definitive guide as torepparttar 145856 meaning of Celtic knots which, adds, perhaps to their mystery and appeal. Claddagh Rings Named forrepparttar 145857 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,repparttar 145858 meaning behindrepparttar 145859 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 withrepparttar 145860 giving of a Claddagh ring is "Let love and friendship reign."

Buying Platinum Jewelry Without Getting Ripped-Off

Written by Sam Serio

Buying Platinum jewelry can be fun, exciting and confusing. Whether you’re considering a gift of Platinum jewelry for someone special or as a treat for yourself, take some time to learnrepparttar terms used inrepparttar 145838 industry. Here’s some information to help you getrepparttar 145839 best quality Platinum jewelry for your money, whether you’re shopping in a traditional brick and mortar store or online.

Platinum is a precious metal that costs more than gold. It usually is mixed with other similar metals, known asrepparttar 145840 platinum group metals: iridium, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium and osmium.

Different markings are used on platinum jewelry as compared with gold jewelry, based onrepparttar 145841 amount of pure platinum inrepparttar 145842 piece. The quality markings for platinum are based on parts per thousand. For example,repparttar 145843 marking 900 Platinum means that 900 out of 1000 are pure platinum, or in other words,repparttar 145844 item is 90% platinum and 10% other metals. The abbreviations for platinum - Plat. or Pt. - also can be used in marking jewelry.

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