Legend has it that the Claddagh symbol was originated by Richard Joyce, a Galway seafarer kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa where he learned the art of a goldsmith. When he was released, nothing could keep him from his beloved Galway where he returned to become a master goldsmith and where he created the Claddagh ring. For centuries this was used as a wedding ring by the fisher folk of Claddagh village, which nestled outside the walls of Galway city in the west of Ireland.
Claddagh rings are worn as friendship, engagement or wedding rings depending on how they are worn. Friendship: by placing the ring anywhere on your right hand. Engagement: by placing the ring on the third finger of your left hand with the heart pointing outwards. Wedding: by placing the ring on the third finger of your left hand with the heart pointing inwards towards your heart.
The Claddagh symbols are the Heart for Love, the Crown for Loyalty and the Hands for Friendship.
This is a heavy weight traditional Claddagh ring handcrafted in Ireland assayed at Dublin Castle - your guarantee of quality.
Each of our Claddaghs come in their own presentation box with a story card and can be engraved to order.
Weight: 1.9gms approx.
Width: 2.9mm / 10mm at the top approx.