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 ring is always a popular men's jewelry choice - it signifies history and connection to the past and like most prized men's jewelry pieces it is seen as a statment of identity.
This contemporary square Claddagh is bold and simple in its design yet still retains the key elements which make up the Irish Claddagh. It is available in silver and in 10K & 14K yellow and white gold.
Weight: 5.4gms approx.
Width: 3.8mm / 7.7mm at the top approx.