Silver Claddagh Ring With Celtic Knotwork Band And Heat Shaped Emerald
The hands of friendship hold this emerald gemstone Claddagh ring at the centre, with the crown of loyalty above it. The green gemstone makes this Claddagh ring a true Irish traditional design. Right the way around this ring is beautiful knotwork. An Irish made classic piece of jewelry to behold.
- Sterling silver
- Made in Dublin, Ireland
- Hallmarked at the Assay Office at Dublin Castle
- Cubic zirconia green gemstone
- Comes with a giftbox
A 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.