The artisans at Walker Metalsmiths proudly craft Celtic crosses and Claddagh jewelry in a variety of styles that harken back to a rich heritage of fine, Celtic craftsmanship. We also offer a selection of designs that can be custom engraved in styles for that special occasion.
Walker Metalsmiths is a family owned venture located in Andover, New York and we take great pride in being personally involved in the creation or selection of every piece of jewelry we sell. While we carry a wide range of Celtic necklaces, earrings, rings, brooches and more, two of the most popular motifs we carry are Celtic Crosses and Claddagh Jewelry, both of which are the result of exceptional jewelry design and execution reflecting an amalgam of Irish, Scottish and Welsh heritage. We carry an extensive line of original jewelry pieces that our own metalsmiths have designed based on ancient Celtic symbols and motifs found in metalwork, stone crosses, artwork, churches and crossroads across Britain, Scotland and Ireland.
While Walker Metalsmiths has been creating new jewelry designs for years, one thing has remained the same – the popularity of Celtic Crosses. These enduring symbols of Celtic heritage and Christianity have evolved over the centuries into various forms with certain common elements that continue to appeal to discerning shoppers today. We strive to capture these traditional elements in innovative and beautiful designs that appeal to contemporary wearers.
There are a multitude of stories about the origins of Celtic Crosses, some of them originating in folklore and oral tradition, others the result of extensive scholarly pursuit. In the end, the origins may not be as important as what today’s Celtic Crosses mean to individuals who wear them. Take a moment to browse our selection of Celtic Crosses and we’re sure you’ll find the perfect pendant to display your heritage, beliefs or simply your love for beauty and craftsmanship.
Claddagh jewelry is also very popular with people who enjoy jewelry that reflects Celtic or Irish heritage as well as those who appreciate romantic symbolism. While Claddagh jewelry’s development is relatively recent, it has strong ties to Ireland, as it originally evolved in the village of Claddagh outside of Galway. In this little fishing village, the older style of Roman Fede, or Faith, ring was transformed during the 17th century from a ring depicting clasped hands to one featuring the hands holding a heart surmounted by a crown. At the end of the 20th century, the popularity of Claddagh jewelry, and especially Claddagh rings, swept far beyond Claddagh and Galway.
If you’re a romantic, the symbolism of Claddagh Rings will appeal to you. Each element of these rings symbolizes some kind of commitment, which makes them very popular as engagement rings and wedding bands. The clasped hands symbolize friendship, the crown symbolizes loyalty and the heart is, of course, the symbol of love. The combination of these three elements ultimately represents three vital facets of true love and commitment. Our collection of Claddagh rings is captured in both gold and sterling silver, with and without gemstone embellishments. They are a lovely gift to be given from a mother to a daughter, exchanged between two friends or worn as engagement or wedding bands.
At Walker Metalsmiths, you will find a complete collection of jewelry featuring Celtic Crosses as well as a stunning collection of Claddagh Jewelry and Claddagh Rings for yourself or to give as a gift to someone special. Every piece is backed by our family’s dedication and guarantee to provide only the finest Celtic jewelry and metalwork to our customers.
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