About this Piece
Framed bronze Claddagh. The Claddagh ring (Irish: fáinne Chladaigh) is a traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty). The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the old city walls of Galway, now part of Galway City. The ring as we know it was first produced in the 17th century.
About the Maker
Created by Jeanne Rynhart in 1981, Rynhart's bronze sculptures have been captivating people all over the world ever since. Each piece is individually handmade with delicate modelling, before a mold is made and the sculpture is cast in bronze. Finally, the piece is polished and finishing touches are added.
Today the studio is run by Jeanne's daughter Audrey and her husband Les Elliot, who both manage the company from Glengarriff in West Cork.