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® sapphire blue crystal.
Sapphire, a rich blue colored crystal, is the birthstone of September. This dazzling crystal evokes powerful energies of good fortune, confidence and wisdom. It is said to draw celestial properties for healing and creative fuel. This stimulating Swarovski crystal embodies the loving nature of the wearer and emits positive vibes to the wearer and those who behold it. Each white crystal in the piece accentuates the intensity of the design as symbols of purity, clarity, and truth.
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.