Claddagh Pewter Wedding Candlestick Holder

Regular price €100.00
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Wedding Candlestick Holder

Unity Candles are a popular item at any wedding. The two tapers symbolize the bride and groom - two people from different families. They light their own taper, then both bride and groom use their tapers together to light the pillar candle in the middle, symbolizing a new family, new life and new love. The central holder is adorned with the Claddagh, a traditional Irish symbol of love and trust.  This makes a beautiful Irish wedding gift.

  • Made Ireland
  • Measures 9" across

*Candles not included

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. 

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