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 symbols of the Claddagh are the Heart, Crown and Hands for Love, Loyalty and Friendship.
This classic bangle includes Claddagh symbols to one side and on the other the words gra(love), dilseacht(loyalty) and cairdeas(friendship).
It is in sterling silver with safety chain, assayed at Dublin Castle and is gift boxed.
Weight: 20.2 gms approx.
Width: 8.9mm approx.
Size: Standard 7 1/2"
Claddagh Gaelic Bangle - Inscribed with Grá Dilseacht Cairdeas