About this Piece
Solid Sterling Silver Ladies Claddagh Pendant.
It features a traditional Claddagh Design. The back of the pendant is inscribed with "Love, Loyalty, Friendship".
Measurements: Pendant 29 mm x 20 mm, with 18" Sterling Silver Chain.
This is an authentic Claddagh pendant hallmarked at Dublin Castle.
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.
About the Maker
Anu Celtic Jewellery is a family owned and run business with almost 20 years experience servicing the North American and Irish Celtic Market. Their product range includes Gold and Silver Collections, with their designs being inspired by the Book of Kells and their Celtic Roots. They have taken the traditional Irish Symbols and emblems such as the Claddagh, Shamrock, Trinity Knot and the Celtic Cross and given them a modern look and feel using the latest technology.
All their pieces are authenticated and then hallmarked by the Dublin Assay Office in Dublin Castle.