For those looking for a unique and non-traditional wedding ring, one of the best designs in the market are the Irish Wedding rings. Below are some of the designs and what they stand for.
Celtic knots are based on the Celts’ belief in the interconnectedness and interdependency of all life. Having no beginning and no end, these knots symbolize infinity and a couple’s eternal love for each other. It also symbolizes the interweaving of the couple’s lives.
In the Ancient times, the elaborate patterns are also used to ward off evil spirits by confusing them with the details in the patterns.
Trinity Knot or Triquetra
Another Irish wedding ring design is the Trinity knot (also known as the Triquetra) which represents the Holy Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. However, according to some scholars, this knot actually symbolizes the three goddess of Celtic paganism. Hardly anyone subscribe to this belief anymore. The younger generation takes the Triquetra as a symbol of the Holy Trinity.
There is also an Irish wedding ring design known as the Celtic Spirals. It represents the relationship between the inner consciousness and the outer mind. In the ancient time, it stood for the eternal life.
A different type of Irish wedding ring is the Claddagh ring. This is the traditional wedding ring of the Irish people. Its design includes two hands holding a heart with a crown on top. These elements represent loyalty, friendship, fidelity, and love. Traditionally, this ring was given to the spouse while reciting this vow: With these hands I give you my heart and I crown it with my love.
Gaelic Wedding Ring
There are also Gaelic wedding rings that are of Irish and Scottish descent. Because the English discouraged the use of Gaelic in order to encourage the use of the English language, a lot of generations if Irish and Scots never learned their native tongue. Thus, for some couples, these types of wedding rings represent their lost heritage.
One type of Gaelic wedding ring is the Gaelic poesy ring that has meaningful words or poems engraved on it. This is because of the belief that the words gain power when they touch the partner’s skin, making the couple closer. Another type of Gaelic Wedding ring is the style where Gaelic phrases are engraved and used as the design of the ring. These phrases include:
- Mo Anam Cara – My Soulmate
- Gra geal mo chroi – love of my heart
- Gra go deo – love forever
- Gra dilseacht cairdeas – love, loyalty, friendship
- Cuirle mo croide – pulse of my heart
- Le mo ghrasa mise, agus liomsa mo ghra - I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine
You may also consider having a personalized wedding ring using emeralds. Emeralds are unofficially the gem of Ireland.
Another stone that is distinctly Irish is the Connemara marble. This isn’t a gem but it is a favourite Irish stone because it is unique to Ireland.
Whether you choose one or multiple designs from the styles mentioned above, your wedding ring will always be a beautiful reminder of your commitment and love to your special someone.