Yet understanding the knot patterns and the reason why they make such ideal marriage rings can be illusive.
Though the earliest written accounts of the Celts were from Roman outlines, some knot work motifs found in Eastern Europe might be as old as twenty thousand years. They'd a huge and sundry pantheon, worshipping local gods. The natural world was considered holy, and each brook, mountain and tree had its own spirit of place. Knot work, which has become synonymous with today's idea of "Celtic" was positively a sort of holy, inventive expression. Some of the most noted designs were saved in highly embellished, illuminated manuscripts,eg the Book of Kells which somehow survived the Viking invasions. It was made in the 9th century at a priory off the Scottish coast, and shows splendidly imaginative pictures of people and animals enhanced with knot work motifs, linking medieval Christianity with traditional Druidic culture. In Western culture, there's a long and venerable convention of artists that have been electrified by knot work motifs.
Direct Answers - Column for the week of Aug twenty-three, 2004. He feels we are "just coasting" and isn't sure where to go from here. You've got to buttonhole him and discover what the very next step is. Some of the most lovely rings are bi-metal, where the knots are one color,eg white gold, while the edge of the ring might be yellow gold.