About this Piece
Sterling silver teardrop earrings fashioned with marble stone, adorned with a silver shamrock and Claddagh design
On the back, the Connemara Marble stone is held in place by four delicately designed Shamrock shaped prongs.
The earrings measure 20mm from top to bottom, and 15mm from side to side.
Each earring hangs from a Shepherd's hook style earwire.
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
J.C. Walsh & Sons is a family business which has been selling high quality marble gifts and souvenirs since 1946. From their own quarry in County Galway, they extract marble and transport it to their workshop in Dublin, where top designers polish and craft it into beautiful handmade gifts and pieces of jewelry.