Claddagh Birthstone Pendant - July

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About this Piece

Shanore Ireland presents a brilliant sterling silver Celtic Claddagh pendant, adorned with sparkling white Swarovski® crystals. Resting gently between the joined hands of the Claddagh design is a solitary Swarovski® ruby color crystal.

Ruby is a magnificent and richly colored red gemstone. This July birthstone is known to invoke protection and emit properties of love and vitality. Its brilliant hue suggests confidence, strength, and overall well-being. The powerful energies of ruby are a bold addition in color and symbolism to the Celtic claddagh pendant.

Specifications

Weight: 3.7 grams
Width: 16mm
Height: 26mm

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 jewellery and art from weddings rings to casual gifts of friendship. 

About the Maker

For over 35 years, ShanOre have been keeping Celtic history alive by allowing wearers to celebrate their Irish heritage. Taking inspiration from ancient Celtic design while adding their own contemporary flourishes of Irish culture, the family-owned jewelers have won dozens of awards, including the NACTA Jewelry Supplier of the Year. 

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