Story of the An Teor Celtic Design

July 11, 2013 2 Comments

Story of the An Teor Celtic Design

The An Teor design has the look of an ancient symbol, perhaps something about alchemy or magic. In fact its origin is neither ancient nor occult.

In 1996 Dave Burns approached his friend Stephen Walker about making a special piece of jewelry. Burns and Walker are both graduates of Andover Central School and both learned about Celtic design from the art teacher there, William MacCrea.

                                  Medium An Teor Pendant in Sterling Silver.

Dave's concept was to combine a heart for "love", the cross for "Christ" and the triquetra knot as a symbol for the "trinity of Christian marriage", man and woman as joined by God. Dave wanted this piece of jewelry for an engagement gift for his fiancé Billie,  to express their love for each other and their faith.

Steve rearranged Dave's sketch into a more graceful composition and the result is the present An Teor  design. The design was named  at the suggestion of MacCrea. An Teor means "The Three" and is used in old Gaelic prayers.

                                         Small An Teor Earrings in 14K Gold.

The An Teor design combines the three most popular symbols in modern Celtic jewelry, the heart, the cross and the triquetra or "Trinity knot". As with other Celtic symbols the meaning is flexible and it is not necessarily just a  wedding related symbol. It can just as easily be seen as an emblem of the Holy Trinity or as a reminder of God's love given through Christ's sacrifice.

Because of the ancient look of this design and the traditional reference of the name, it is sometimes mistaken that the design must fall in the public domain and that anyone can copy it. The An Teor design is a copyright property of Stephen Walker and Walker Metalsmiths of Andover, NY. All rights reserved. Personal use of the design for wedding invitations, tattoos, embroidery etc. is allowed only with written permission. Please ask before assuming you can use this or any other Walker Metalsmiths designs, as there are some simple conditions and limitations.  Legal steps are being taken to protect the copyright against unauthorized commercial copies.

                         Three sizes of the An Teor pendants in Sterling Silver.


From Carmina Gadelica
Hymns and Incantations 
Collected in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the 19th Century

Translated by Alexander Carmichael

The Three

In the name of Father,
In the name of Son,
In the name of Spirit,
Three in One.

Father cherish me,
Son cherish me,
Spirit cherish me,
Three all-kindly.

God make me holy,
Christ make me holy,
Spirit make me holy,
Three all holy.

Three aid my hope,
Three aid my love,
Three aid mine eye,
And my knee from stumbling,
My knee from stumbling.


2 Responses

Kim Wade
Kim Wade

June 17, 2020

I have a Pastor, at Sunlight Community in St.Lucie FL, who gave me this word-perichoreosis. The first part, peri, is “around” like periscope- to see around. The second part, choreo, is to “dance”, like the word- choreography.
It means literally, dancing around. Pastor Scott said it describes the action of God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit, dancing around each other for joy over what God in Christ, has done!
Your deisign is the words perfect expression! Will make a perfect Easter gift! Hope you have four small pendants available for my sisters and neices!

Lana Melerine
Lana Melerine

June 22, 2017

I’m so glad to find this prayer I thought it was the sweetest kindly loving Thoughts. Thank you for sharing it. May the Lord look upon you and save you from all harm Lana melerine

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