The Trinity Knot is a much treasured symbol of Irish and Celtic history and instantly recognised by it’s infinite tri-spiral form symbolising everlasting life, everlasting love and everlasting connection. Due to their timeless nature, jewellery displaying the Trinity Knot often become heirlooms adored by families for generations.
The History of the Trinity.
Stemming back farther than we can truly grasp, as much of Ireland’s history has been passed down orally leaving it difficult to pinpoint exact dates, what we do know is that the Trinity Knot has been in use since at least the 7th Century AD. Celtic knots and spirals in various incarnations have been in use in Ireland for over 5,000 years and they have been embellished, refined and simplified numerous times over, so suffice to say, these symbols are rooted in the very core of our history. Given this prominence, it’s only natural for us to wonder what the triangular, three-cornered knot means so allow us to tell you a little about its roots and growth in our history.
The Book of Kells.
The most famous appearance of the Trinity Knot is in the pages of the Book of Kells, the oldest book in the world, and a source of great pride for the Irish. The pages of this book are littered with vastly intricate knots and spirals, seemingly unending as they weave their way to form letters and take the shape of animals and plants, only to continue on to create more knots in an unending visual spree. The Trinity Knot was often used in these patterns as a cornerstone to change the path of these illustrations and when viewed on a whole, it is quite a feat of craftsmanship. People have recreated these knots and spirals in many ways throughout Ireland’s history, most notably in relics such as the Ardagh Chalice, stone carvings and jewellery.
What it Means Now.
It is truly adaptable, as the Trinity Knot has also been embraced in pre-Christian and neo-pagan times as a symbol of the mother goddess, the innocent maiden and the wise elder woman. For the Celts, it was important to them to have things come in three and so it is believed to have symbolised earth, sea and sky as well as the three stages of life: childhood, adulthood and maturity. Today brings new meanings to the Trinity Knot. Perhaps the most popular being as a symbol of eternal love which gave it the modern name of the Celtic Love Knot. In this role it has been used to adorn engagement and wedding rings, and also jewellery for special occasions and anniversaries so that these pieces are not only beautiful, but due to their timeless nature become heirlooms adored by families past and present.