What is a Celtic torque?
A torque is a specific style of Celtic necklace or collar. It is a flat metal band that clasps tightly around the neck. Made of gold or silver, a torque can be plain with an ornamental clasp or decorated with intricately-carved Celtic knotwork. Some were made in the style of a cuff bracelet, with an opening in the front to allow them to be easily placed around the neck.
Among the ancient Celtic tribes, torques were a symbol of high rank. They were worn by priests, warriors, queens, and kings. A torque was a symbol of divine or magical protection as well as social status, and they were believed to protect the wearer from curses, evil wishes, or physical harm in battle.