This contemporary Mens Claddagh Ring is a bold and simple design, but still retains the key elements which make up the Irish Claddagh Ring.
The Claddagh Ring is always a popular men’s jewelry choice. It signifies history and a connection to the past. It is seen as a statement of identity.
The Claddagh symbol consists of three different elements intertwined. Therefore forming one of the most heart-warming and beautiful symbols in Irish culture. Combining a heart balancing a crown on its top and held aloft by the pair of outreached hands, the Claddagh symbolizes love, loyalty, and friendship.
The Claddagh Ring dates to the 17th century and originated in the little fishing village of Claddagh in County Galway, Ireland. Legend has it that Richard Joyce, a Galway native, was captured and sold to slavery in North Africa. However, Joyce found himself slave to a Turkish Goldsmith, and from his master he learned and excelled at the craft.
He was finally released after 14 years, on the orders of William III. The Goldsmith for whom he was working for was so impressed by his work that he offered his daughters hand in marriage to him as well as half his property to try and get him to stay. But Joyce refused the offer and returned to Galway, where his sweetheart awaited him. But while in captivity, he had made what we now know as the Claddagh Ring especially for her.
And don’t forget to wear your Mens Claddagh Ring correctly. Towards your heart if your attached. Away from your heart if you’re single.
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