If you have questions, we have answers. Many people are interested in kilts, and all things Celtic, but are unsure of the history of this famous garment. Read on for some answers to our most commonly asked questions.
Torcs are made specifically for your neck measurement and aren't the sort of necklaces you can slip over your head. However, this stunning piece has a gap in the front where you can widen it to slip around your neck easily. Torcs are designed to hold their shape no matter how many times you widen the opening!
Celts wore torcs to demonstrate that they were free-born. They were also thought to represent Celtic gods and ward off evil spirits. This piece of jewelry protected the neck during a sword fight while proving that they were someone of importance. Torcs were valuable heirlooms and passed down with pride.
Measure your neck and allow for some movement when choosing the size. Even the heaviest of torcs are comfortable to wear, but the weight is up to personal preference. Whether you prefer a dramatic look or a daintier piece that is less distracting, a torc can be the perfect piece of jewelry for you!
Torcs can be heavy if you choose the heaviest weight. Lightweight torcs are barely noticeable and are simple for everyday wear.
Choose a torc that is neither too tight nor too heavy, and you should find that your torc is comfortable enough for everyday wear. It's important to remember that torcs are crafted of rigid metal, so there isn't the usual "give" that you will find with traditional necklaces.
Torcs are made by twisting metal strands together. Lighter torcs are made with smaller gauges of metal twisted together, while heavier torcs are made of larger gauge strands of metal. Metals used included copper, bronze, silver, and gold. Sometimes the openings were decorated with animal shapes like rabbits, cats, boars, or bears.
The word "torc" originates from the Latin word "torquis," meaning "to twist." A torc is simply a collar or necklace made from twisted metal.
Copper, bronze, gold, and silver are used to make both light and heavy-weight neck torcs. However, thinner wires are used to the torcs lighter. Lightweight torcs also use fewer wires in the twisting, so overall, the torcs are more delicate and lighter to wear.