These elegant earrings are made in Scotland by Ortak using traditional silversmithing techniques. The intricate design is based on early Celtic art.
Early Celtic art is the popular name given to the decorative styles of Europe, from Ireland to Romania, from 500 BC to AD 100. It is more correctly called La Tène art, after the place in Switzerland where many objects with this style of decoration were found in the nineteenth century.
Inspired by formal motifs imported from Greece and Italy, European metalworkers rapidly evolved their own abstract flowing patterns. Celtic craftsmen adapted ideas from nature to produce wonderfully sophisticated designs. Spirals, crosses and entwined plant motifs were woven into intricate knot work patterns.
The elegant continuous knotwork is featured in these elegant teardrop earrings, which have been made using traditional silversmithing techniques in the Orkney Islands, off the coast of Scotland.
Discover more about Early Celtic Art in Britain here