Gifting our expats and relatives around the globe for Paddy’s Day is growing in popularity; a nod to that bit of the heart that remains in Ireland.
But, beware the beautiful contemporary collection of Celtic symbols by Liwu Jewellery, which may prove too difficult to part with!
For a March birthday or St. Patrick’s Day celebration, a piece from Liwu Jewellery is a small gift with big symbolism, dating back to our ancient Celtic roots and early Christianity.
For a gift with meaning, check out the most popular Celtic symbols that speak from the heart.
The Trinity Knot, with no beginning and no end, represents eternity and infinity with its three interconnected twists, and declares love, unity and protection.
Its origins are in pagan times but the Trinity Knot was adopted by Christians in Ireland as a symbol of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Trinity.
Symbolising joy, energy and life, the continuous Celtic Spiral comes from the worship of the sun by our ancestors and has now come to represent moving forward, life and birth.
The Celt’s symbolic spiral of the sun’s powerful energy radiating towards us is found carved into stones at ancient pre-historic sites in Ireland and across Europe.
The more intricate Celtic Dara Knot represents the roots of the mighty oak tree, its inner strength that holds the tree and endures over hundreds of years. This symbol is a forever reminder that you are stronger than you know. The Celts believed the oak tree to be sacred, providing strength, wisdom and leadership. Dara comes from the Irish word for Oak – ‘Doire’.
The striking ancient Celtic Five-Fold Circle symbol means serenity. Druids believed the Five-Fold symbol to be highly sacred, representing unified energy, balance and serenity amongst all material things and spiritual beings.
To represent longevity, strength and endurance, the contemporary-looking Ailm symbol is actually the 20th letter of the ancient Celtic alphabet, Ogham. The cross symbolises a pine tree, which is associated with inner strength and wellness. While the outer circle symbolises a balanced and complete soul.
Necklaces, matching earrings and bracelets are available in most of the symbolic Celtic designs from Liwu. Both openwork pieces and Celtic symbols etched on solid pendants are crafted, in sterling silver, in 18ct gold-plated sterling silver, and in solid 9ct gold.
Each piece comes beautifully boxed, with a meaning card, explaining the symbol and sentiment, and is made by skilled silversmiths in Ireland and hallmarked in Dublin.
Cufflinks, etched with the Trinity Knot and other Celtic symbols, can be made to order.
Designed and made in Ireland, using sustainable recycled silver and gold, Liwu means ‘gift’, and the gift of symbolic meaning is appropriate for those we hold dear.
Áine Breen produces her jewellery on a farm by the sea in Ballymoney in County Wexford. Prices range from €54.95 to €135.00 for silver Liwu Jewellery, with gold pieces starting from €135.00. The collection is available online and from jewellery stockists around Ireland.
For more on this very meaningful and modern fine jewellery collection, see the Liwu website, https://liwujewellery.com.