Aidan specializes in one-off items of gold & silver hollowware and jewellery. Dublin native and pioneer of the Renaissance of Celtic jewellery, Aidan was trained in his craft by a traditional seven year apprenticeship as a “chaser” beginning at age 14 at M.H.Gill and Son, Church Furnishers in Dublin.
Aidan has been handcrafting jewellery for R & C McCormack for over 15 years. Watch this short video to learn more about how these fantastic pieces are created.
The Trinity Knot is one of the most recognisable Celtic designs. The knot is believed to have been fashioned by the Celtic Christian Church to represent the holy trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Depictions of The Trinity Knot can be found on Celtic artefacts dating back to the 8th Century, including the Book of Kells. Comprising of three interlaced loops, it is commonly used as a symbol of consistency and eternity.
Sterling silver Claddagh necklace with woven design, and clear coloured stone for the month of April
Stones are crystal
Born in the little fishing town of Claddagh, County Galway, Richard Joyce was swept away and enslaved as a goldsmith. When he won his freedom he returned home to his beloved Claddagh. There, he gave his lost love a gold ring depicting his two hands embracing heart – the very first Claddagh ring. The ring became renowned as an emblem of love, loyalty and friendship. When the heart is turned inward it signifies that your heart is taken. When you direct the heart outwards it signifies that you are looking for love.
The Tree of Life was an important symbol in ancient Celtic culture. When Celtic towns were settled, a single tree would be left in the centre and would be known as the Tree of Life. Celts believed that trees were gateways to other worlds, including the afterlife. The symbol of the tree is a continuous, interlaced design, never-ending and never-beginning in order to represent eternity.