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.
Boru has designed a range of Claddagh rings called "New York". The elements of the traditional Irish Claddagh remain very much part of the composition but the design of the crown has been based on the art deco design of the Chrysler Building which dates back to the 1930s. This ring is available a number of precious metal choices and is assayed at Dublin Castle.
Weight: 2 gms approx
Width: Band 1.7mm / 7.5mm at the top approx.