Legend has it that a sleeping party of Scottish warriors were saved from ambush by an invading Norse army when one of the attackers trod on a thistle with his bare feet. His cries raised the alarm, the roused Scots duly defeated the invaders and the thistle was adopted as the flower of Scotland.
Scottish Celtic jewelry is not only visually stunning but is also steeped in the rich history of the highlands.
The thistle is just one important symbol of Scottish heraldry that has been in place for over 500 years. Second only to tartan, the humble, prickly weed has become a proud emblem of the nation. In truth, no one knows for certain how the thistle rose to popularity, but the legend has inspired modern Scottish jewelry from rings and necklaces to Scottish earrings with this delicate emblem.
Along with the thistle, you will often see Scottish jewelry include the Lion Rampant. The king of beasts rearing up three of its clawed paws is instantly recognizable and a staple for many Scottish jewelry designers.
The Lion Rampant is another medieval Scottish symbol that dates back hundreds of years. According to legend, “William the Lion” held up this symbol on a vibrant yellow and red banner, and from then on Scots would use it on their own shields, flags, and coat of arms. Throughout the centuries, the Lion Rampant became a symbol of honor for the army and royal family. Today, you will find it raised high in Scottish castles, by fans in football matches, and on Scottish jewelry.
With Keith Jack’s Scottish jewelry collection, you can show off your Scottish pride every day. You can find Scottish rings, Scottish necklaces, and Scottish earrings with the thistle or Lion Rampant so you can wear a little piece of Scottish history and lore that will remind you of the highlands.