Celtic Torcs


Torcs (or torques) were twisted circular pieces of metal most often made of gold, silver, copper or bronze. They were usually worn around the neck with an opening at the front, although they could also be worn as arm bands and bracelets, or on the head as a symbol of royalty. The ends of the torc often had sculpted globes, cubes, or animal heads. Zoomorphic or animal forms were very popular with the Celts, which were used to depict natural and supernatural forces.

Torcs are not specific to the Celts, as they also appear in other cultures of the European Iron Age. In September 2009, a rare discovery of 4 gold torcs dating from the 1st -3rd century was discovered in a field in Stirlingshire, Scotland. It is believed that they may have belonged to a chieftain of the Pictish Caledonii people.

Torcs were not only a fine piece of artwork and jewelery, but a symbol of nobility and high social status, as well as strength and power. They were often awarded to warriors for their deeds in battle. There are also depictions of Celtic gods and goddesses wearing torcs. Celtic god Cernunnos is often depicted wearing one torc around his neck, with others hanging from his antlers. Boudica, Queen of Iceni, was often described wearing her "great twisted golden necklace".

Today torcs are not only worn as necklaces or bracelets, but also rings. The torc shaped bracelets are worn by both men and women and is considered to be one of the most showcased of Celtic adornments for the body.

Torc Ring

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