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 is a half eternity ring, the band being plain at the back and more comfortable to wear than a full eternity ring.
Eternity rings are generally given by a husband to a wife on the occasion of a special anniversary or birthday and often on the birth of a child.
This is a very elegant eternity ring incorporating the Claddagh symbols and exquisitely set with diamonds.
Weight: 3.2gms approx.
Width: 2.5mm at the bottom band / 4.5mm at the top approx.
Stone Details: Conflict Free Diamonds. 2 x 1.75mm / 2 x 2mm / 2 x 2.25 mm / 2 x 2.5mm Total: 0.25cts HSV1
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