The idea of plait work (intricately woven lines in a knot design) began in Italy and southern Gaul in the third Century BC, and had spread to Ireland and Scotland by the 7th Century AD. Initially used in Ancient Roman floor mosaics, historians believe that there is likely little meaning to them at all. But with time and cultural migration, symbolism has been placed upon them. To the Celts these designs, lines without a beginning or end, represented eternity and were often associated with themes of love, friendship, loyalty, and unbreakable bonds.
This beautiful antique Celtic knot brooch was handcrafted around 1870, and is set with a soft mottled gray granite. Famous for their Celtic designs, and use of locally mined granite, it was made by M. Rettie & Sons. in Aberdeen, Scotland. It measures 47.5 mm x 47.6 mm x 4.7 mm and weighs 19.8 grams and has been professionally acid tested for metal content.
Beauty, style, meaning! What an infinitely perfect addition to any kilt, jacket or scarf!
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