August Birthstone Claddagh Ring
The 14K Peridot Claddagh Ring is a gorgeous piece of jewelry for the August born girl. Crafted in 14K yellow gold, this beautiful ring stands out with its heart shaped peridot gemstone center flanked by a pair of clear diamonds on either side. This lushly lime green real gemstone also stars in the Claddagh symbol on the ring that's made up of two hands holding a crowned heart. The peridot is a semi-precious gemstone that's believed to bring mental peace and ward off nightmares. As part of the Claddagh, it adds protectiveness to sentiments of love, loyalty and friendship.
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- Metal: 14kt Yellow Gold
- Diamond Colour: H - I
- Diamond Clarity: SI1
- Diamond Carat: 0.08ct
- Main Stone: Genuine Peridot
- 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
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.