December Birthstone Claddagh Ring
The 14K White Gold Blue Topaz Claddagh Ring is a lovely accessory for the December born dame. The ring features an Irish Claddagh motif with its crowned heart part embellished with a heart shaped blue topaz that's offset by a pair of real diamonds on each side. All the gemstones in this 14K white gold ring are genuine and fine quality. The Claddagh being the time old Irish symbol of love, loyalty and friendship, this ring conveys bushels of good wishes for the wearer. As the blue topaz is the December birthstone, this ring makes a wonderful gift for a lady born in the Christmas month.
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- Metal: 14kt White Gold
- Diamond Colour: H - I
- Diamond Clarity: SI1
- Diamond Carat: 0.08ct
- Main Stone: Genuine Blue Topaz
- 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.