About this Piece
Solid Sterling Silver Ladies Claddagh Pendant featuring 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.