Irish Claddagh Rings

26 Aug

The Legend
The original Claddagh ring is generally attributed to Richard Joyce of Galway. Joyce departed from Claddagh, a small fishing village where the waters of the River Corrib meet Galway Bay, on a ship enroute to the plantations of the West Indies. His ship was captured by Mediterranean Algerian pirates and the crew were sold as a slaves. Richard Joyce was sold to a Moorish goldsmith who trained Richard in his craft.

gold Claddagh ring
14k Yellow Gold Ladies Claddagh Icon Wedding Ring
Width 7mm
$999

Richard Joyce soon became a master goldsmith, and handcrafted a ring for the woman at home he could not forget. In 1689, he was released after William III came to the throne of England and concluded an agreement whereby all his subjects who were held in captivity by the Moors were to be allowed return home.

gold and silver ring
Sterling Silver & 14k Gold Claddagh Fusion Ladies Ring
6mm from top of crown to tip of heart.
Available in sizes 5 – 9.
Handmade in Ireland.
$129

The Moorish goldsmith offered Richard his only daughter in marriage and half his wealth if he would remain in Algiers. Richard declined and returned to Claddagh to find that the woman he loved had never married. He gave her the ring he had made, and they were married. He set up a goldsmith shop in the town and began making rings. The earliest claddagh rings to be traced bear his mark and the initial letters of his name.

designer gold ring
Ladies 14k Yellow Gold Trinity Knot Claddagh Ring
7.2mm from the top of the crown to the tip of the heart.
Handmade and hallmarked in Ireland.
$375

According to tradition, the ring is taken to signify the wish that Love and friendship should reign supreme. The hands signify friendship, the crown loyalty, and the heart love. These rings were kept as heirlooms with great pride and passed from mother to daughter.

Today, the ring is worn extensively across Ireland, either on the right hand with the heart turned outwards showing that the wearer is fancy free, or with the heart turned inward to denote that he or she is spoken for. The pride of placement is on the left hand with the heart turned in, indicating that the wearer has found true love.

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  3. James waffer August 27, 2008 at 5:41 am #

    Lovely rings. Specially Ladies 14k Yellow Gold Trinity Knot Claddagh Ring is really cool.

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  5. Tina Tang August 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    I had a variation of this ring when I was about 14 yrs old. I got it as a gift and loved the design of it but I had no idea of its meaning until one of my Irish teachers at school explained it to me. I thought wow that’s very nice and pretty deep.

    I think you have taken a classic piece and made it very modern chic and elegant yet, simple enough not to take away from its significance.

    http://tinatangblog.blogspot.com/

  6. wedding rings August 26, 2008 at 7:05 am #

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