The Torc (also spelled Torque), or neck ring, was an important piece of Celtic jewelry, and was worn from before 1200 BC to as late as 600 AD. It was a powerful symbol, perhaps representing the wearer’s free-born status, and was often complemented with additional rings worn about the arms and wrists. Torcs were made from copper, bronze, silver, and gold. They were worn by both men and women, and are depicted as such in both Classical and Celtic sculptures.
Zoomorphics, or animal forms, were very popular with the Celts. They were used to represent deities, natural and supernatural forces, and personal qualities. The animal heads are placed on the torques so they appear upright when worn.
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The Celts were not the only culture to adorn themselves with ornate rings around their necks. Our selection of neckrings, both historic and fanciful, will enhance the beauty and elegance of any wearer.