About this Jewelry Box
This Mullingar Pewter jewelry box is embossed with a Claddagh design and the words "I love you." This would is a stunning handcrafted Irish wedding gift, anniversary gift, or for anyone special in your life. Comes lined in a rich navy blue felt.
- Made in Ireland
- Comes with giftbox
- heart-shaped with navy blue felt lining
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.
In the 1600’s in a fishing village in Galway called The Claddagh, a local Goldsmith created this now famous ring. Legend has it that Richard Joyce became enslaved by Algerian pirates and was sold to a goldsmith. He created the Claddagh ring while in captivity and when he was liberated, it was a chance to bring this lovely design to the world. It is now a beloved symbol of Ireland, known worldwide. 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.
About the Maker
Mullingar Pewter combines traditional handcrafted techniques that take many years to perfect, along with modern advances (modern pewter no longer contains lead, for instance), producing wonderful heritage gifts. In 1974, Paddy Collins revived the ancient craft of pewter manufacturing in Ireland, establishing his workshop in Mullingar, County Westmeath.
Pewter has existed since ancient Egyptian and Roman times (as an alloy of tin mixed mainly with copper and antimony), and came to Ireland 800 years ago, becoming fashionable among the wealthy and for ceremonial purposes.