History of The Irish Claddagh ring
Misty fables of one of Irelands unique treasures, The Claddagh Ring, a symbol of Love Friendship and Loyalty. Some 400 years ago in a fishing village overlooking Galway Bay, close to the city of the tribes lived Richard Joyce a master goldsmith. It was he who crafted this now famous design that has become part of our heritage. The ring worn on the right hand ,crown turned inward tells your heart is yet unoccupied, worn with the crown turned outwards reveals love is being considered. Worn on the left hand the crown turned outwards shows all your heart is truly spoken for. The meaning in the ring is”I give you my heart and crown it with my love”The Claddagh ring (Irish: fáinne Chladaigh) is a traditional Irish ring given which represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty)The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the old city walls of Galway, now part of Galway City The ring, as currently known, was first produced in the 17th century. Claddagh jewellery is now seen in bracelets, rings cufflinks, pendants and at Goldmark Jewellers Carlow we offer a vast selection of Claddagh jewellery in silver and all carats of gold.
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