I first made this necklace as a commission for a member of my lovely family.
I used to draw these a lot in primary school. When we were studying the Book of Kells or Celtic drawings. Trying to get it to cross over the right way at each point was REALLY tricky. I seem to remember it was mostly with Mrs. Spicer who was a sub teacher we had every now and again. I went to a small country school in Cobh, Co. Cork. A total of 72 pupils at one stage! Mrs Spicer used to tell us stories of when she met the fairies in the fields around the Cunninghams. (One of my neighbours across the fields) She even produced a little pair of shoes to prove to us she met them. What a GREAT story that was. She was a real Seanchaí. (Irish for storyteller). I digress…
I have since done a little more digging to find out a bit more about the triquetra. And here is what I have found out.
The word itself Triquetra comes from the latin for “three” and quetrus “cornered”. (handy having a mum who speaks Latin!) It has evolved with the addition of the circle. Which made it even trickier (but more enjoyable) to make.
It is also known as a “trinity knot”, or the Celtic triangle. The design is used by Christianity as a symbol of the “Holy Trinity” (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit). And in Pagan religions as the “Triple Goddess” (Mother, Maiden and Crone). It is similar to Odin’s symbol, the valknut, which is three interlocked triangles.
In some modern traditions, it represents the connection of mind, body and soul, and in Celtic-based Pagan groups it is symbolic of the three realms of earth, sea and sky
There is also a tradition for a loved one to give a gift such as a necklace or ring signifying their affection. The triquetra, is believed to represent the three promises of a relationship such as to love, honour, and protect, similar to the Claddagh design of the crown (loyalty), heart (love) and hands (friendship).
So no matter what your beliefs this necklace is a powerful symbol of love and unity.
If you would like one for you or someone special it is available in my Etsy shop here:
Thanks for reading.