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 symbols are the Heart for Love, the Crown for Loyalty and the Hands for Friendship.
Boru® offers a number of different finishes on our rings.
An Oxidised Finish
is where the ring is given a dark grey or black finish – Only available on Sterling Silver
A Polished Finish
is where the whole ring is fully polished which gives a shiny look all over
A Florentine Finish
is where the background is sandblasted to give a light grey or white look – Raised areas are Polished
We put our heart and soul into every single piece of jewelry we create – designing, handcrafting and hallmarking everything with our unique Boru® style and attention to detail.