Shanore Ladies 10k Gold Claddagh Ring
If you're proud of your Irish heritage, one excellent way to show it is through jewelry. This stunning and refined Claddagh ring in 10 karat yellow gold is the ultimate Irish expression. The glistening, yellow bands run around in a perfect circle until finally turning into two uplifting hands, holding a humble heart. The image is finished at the top of the ring with the three-pronged crown.
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- Metal: 10kt Yellow Gold
- Weight: 3.6 grams
- Width: 11mm
- Made in Ireland
- Hallmarked at the Assay Office at Dublin Castle
If you prefer the Claddagh ring without the braided shoulders then this is a good option for a classic Claddagh ring.
History of the Claddagh
The Claddagh (or Cladach, meaning 'the shore') features a crowned heart held by two hands - the heart represents love, the hands represent friendship, while the crown stands for loyalty. As far back as medieval times, engagement rings had been inscribed with clasped hands to signify one's fidelity, while the heart and crown were eventually added in the 18th century.
The Claddagh is named for the former fishing village that's now part of Galway city in the West of Ireland, where iconic Claddagh rings have since been produced for hundreds of years. Legend has it that in 1695, a local teenage silversmith called Richard Joyce became enslaved by Algerian pirates, and invented the Claddagh ring while in captivity.Whatever the true origin, the Claddagh has since exploded in popularity among those desiring to celebrate their Irish heritage, appearing on many forms of jewelry and art from weddings rings to casual gifts of friendship.