Celtic jewelry is gaining more and more popularity
well-loved by many as a symbol of eternity and faith.
these days, although they have pretty much been a
According to history, Celts used the cross as a symbol
staple in many women's jewelry boxes. Its various
of the four elements, namely air, water, fire and earth.
designs have their own meanings behind them. They
Some say that the four-point cross is also a symbol of
are graceful, sophisticated and timeless. For
the unity of soul, body, heart and mind.
fashionistas, they are a breath of fresh air from the
The Celtic knot is by far by most popular and
usual jewelry cuts and pieces they own.
distinctive Celtic design. The knots are believed to
History of Celtic jewelry
have been used by Celtic tribes in the olden days to
Celtic jewelry pieces are widely available in jewelry
ward off evil and protect their families. The knot also
stores, but if you prefer authentic ones, you will have
may mean eternity. With or without regard for history,
to get them from Ireland or Scotland. Celtic people
the Celtic knot design adds an admirable edge to any
once dominated the population of Western and
jewelry piece.
Mid-Europe. They were warriors, rulers and merchants.
Claddagh rings are named after the town where they
To date, descendants of the Celts are found in areas
originated. They are symbolic of Irish life, and are
on Scotland and Ireland. The Celts expressed
believed to symbolize a lot of things. The ring with a
craftsmanship by creating intricate jewelry from
heart design symbolizes love, whereas the one with a
bronze, silver and gold. Their designs, such as knots
crown means loyalty, and the one held with two hands
and crosses were a tribute to nature and faith. The
means friendship. These rings were used as wedding
Celts' love for jewelry-making has been passed down
bands. They were worn with the heart design turned in
to generations, and so Irish and Scottish jewelers
to mean marital commitment.
continue to create gorgeous pieces of Celtic jewelry
Where to find them
today.
Many jewelry shops sell Celtic jewelry, but if you want
Popular designs
authentic pieces, you can get them in Ireland or
The three most popular Celtic designs for jewelry are
Scotland where there are Celtic jewelers who still
the cross, knots, and rings. The Celtic cross is
uphold the tradition of Celtic jewelry-making.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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