Trinity Knot and Claddagh Necklace with Swarovski Crystals
About this Piece
Everywhere you look on this Claddagh Trinity Pendant there is a new detail to admire and appreciate. Two interwoven cords, adorned with crystals from Swarovski® transition seamlessly into the hands of the Claddagh symbol, which embrace a gold plated heart surmounted by a crown and a Trinity knot, which is also encrusted with Swarovski crystals.
METAL: Sterling Silver WEIGHT: 4.8 grams WIDTH: 26 mm HEIGHT: 30mm MAIN STONE: Swarovski White Crystals MAIN STONE DIMENSIONS: 1.5mm MAIN STONE SHAPE: Round CHAIN: 18" Sterling Silver Belcher, Bolt Ring Catch
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.
History of the Celtic Trinity
The leaf-life trinity knot, or triquetra (from the Latin 'three-cornered), was used by early Christans to represent the Holy Trinity, though the symbol has its roots in earlier pre-Christian religions, possibly existing thousands of years beforehand. Being such as versatile symbol, the triquetra has countless interpretations - the number three was an important number in Celtic symbolism, so possible meanings also include the unity of the earth/sea/sky, the three stages of life, or various triple-deities.
It came to prominence during the period of 'insular art' in the early middle ages, which combined early Christian and Celtic art. Some of its most famous incarnations are found within the artwork of the Book of Kells. It was popularized again during the Celtic revival of the 19th Century.
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.