Shanore Gold Claddagh Birthstone Ring - May

Regular price €850.00

May Birthstone Claddagh Ring

The 14K Emerald Claddagh Ring is an elegant piece of jewelry for the May belle. Crafted in 14K yellow gold, the ring looks stunning with its deep green heart shaped center set with a created emerald stone of high shine. Topped with a crown and held between a pair of hands flanked with clear real diamonds, the heart also makes the ancient Irish symbol of Claddagh. The emerald is the gemstone of joy, peace and prosperity. Set in a Claddagh, it increases love, loyalty and friendship for the wearer. This sparkling beauty is fit for a princess's hand.

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  • Metal: 14kt Yellow Gold
  • Diamond Colour: H - I
  • Diamond Clarity: SI1
  • Diamond Carat: 0.08ct
  • Main Stone: Created Emerald
  • Main Stone Dimensions: 5mm x 5mm
  • Main Stone Shape: Heart
  • Traditional Irish Claddagh Ring
  • Handmade in Ireland
  • Hallmarked at the Assay Office at Dublin Castle

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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.