This October Birthstone Claddagh Ring is set with a stunning Pink Tourmaline stone in the Claddagh heart, the birthstone for October. The Claddagh heart symbolizes love, the hand’s friendship and the crown loyalty.
The Pink Tourmaline stone represents unconditional love and friendship. The pink tourmaline is believed to be the stone of artists, authors, actors and those in creative fields. It is known for its soothing effects, love, tolerance and kindness.
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. For centuries this was used as a wedding ring by the fisher folk of Claddagh village.
The October Birthstone Claddagh Ring is a great gift to give to a friend born in October. We also have a matching October Claddagh Pendant which makes it the perfect gift combination.